Domaine de Mairan Cabernet Franc
Languedoc, France, $16
Impeccably balanced, this cab franc shows delightful bing cherry flavors spiced with white pepper and nutmeg. Ideal for casual red-meat dinners. Alcohol by volume: 13.5 percent.
First Vine: Available in the District at Each Peach Market. Available online at Firstvine.com.
Château d’Assas Classique 2011
Gres de Montpellier, Languedoc, France, $15
A blend of syrah and grenache, with an earthy component that adds extra interest, this is an excellent, hearty wine for wintry dishes and grilled fare. ABV: 13.5 percent.
First Vine: Available online at Firstvine.com.
Château d’Assas Réserve 2010
Gres de Montpellier, Languedoc, France $18
This wine, which includes mourvedre in the blend, is darker and earthier than the Classique from the same producer, Les Vignerons du Pic. It is in the Provence style, a bit more robust and earthy than the Classique. ABV: 14 percent.
First Vine: Available at Firstvine.com.
Karl Erbes Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Kabinett 2011
Mosel, Germany, $16
Bright fruit of peaches and apricots, with the ideal Mosel tension between acidity and sweetness. Nicely balanced. ABV: 8 percent.
Country Vintner: Available in the District at Calvert Woodley, DCanter, Rodman’s. Available in Virginia at Unwined in Alexandria, Wegmans (various locations), Wine Cabinet in Reston, Winestyles in Montclair.
Momo Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Marlborough, New Zealand, $17
This “savvie” is from the second label of Seresin Estate, a well-regarded Marlborough producer. It is crisp and aggressively grassy in a style that will be familiar to fans of New Zealand wines. ABV: 13.5 percent.
Country Vintner: Available in the District at Arrowine and Spirits, Chevy Chase Wine & Spirits, Rodman’s. Available in Maryland at Pine Orchard Wine in Ellicott City. Available in Virginia at Arrowine and Cheese in Arlington, Daily Planet in Alexandria, Dominion Wine & Beer in Falls Church, Out of Site Wines in Vienna.