Marlborough, New Zealand, $38
From the original winemaker at New Zealand’s celebrated Cloudy Bay winery, this is lush and full, with layers of dark fruit and strawberry flavors.
M Touton Selection: Available in the District at Circle Wine & Liquor, Paul’s of Chevy Chase, Pearson’s. Available in Maryland at Bacchus Wine and Spirits in Hagerstown, the Montgomery County Dispensary in Potomac Village, Old Farm Liquors in Frederick, the Perfect Pour in Elkridge.
**1 / 2
Central Otago, New Zealand, $20
This austere pinot starts out light and delicate but gains flavor with just a short time in the glass. Don’t hesitate to decant it.
Republic National in the District and Virginia: Available in the District at Superfresh, Whole Foods Market Glover Park; on the list at Agraria, Bombay Club, City Club, CityZen, Ezme, Jack’s, Meiwah, PS 7’s, Vento. Pinnacles in Maryland: Available at Old Farm Liquors in Frederick, Pine Orchard Wine in Ellicott City, Richburn Discount Liquors in Columbia; Staples Corner Liquors in Gambrills.
**1 / 2
North Canterbury, New Zealand, $24
Light in color, this intriguing wine is at first reticent with its aromas, but pay it a little attention and it offers up exotic perfumes of wood spice to accent its silky texture and red fruit flavors.
Winebow: Available in the District at Ace Beverage, Pearson’s, Rodman’s, Schneider’s of Capitol Hill. Available beginning Sunday in Virginia.
**1 / 2
Central Otago, New Zealand, $23
Cola flavors embrace a soft mouth feel and cheery cherry fruit. It is tightly wound and will reward a few more years in bottle. Or save some to drink the next night: It gets better.
J.W. Sieg: Available in the District at Cleveland Park Wine and Spirits, MacArthur Beverages. Available in Virginia at Galloping Grape in Warrenton.
Martinborough, New Zealand, $17
This easygoing pinot offers silky texture and flavors of spiced cherries and strawberries, in a “fruit-forward” style. The wholesaler recently switched to the 2010 vintage, so both are available.
Meadowbank/Bacchus: Available in the District at Bacchus Wine Cellar, Burka’s Wine & Liquor, Calvert Woodley, Harry’s Reserve Fine Wine & Spirits, MacArthur Beverages, Paul’s of Chevy Chase; on the list at 701, Mie N Yu, Souk. Available in Maryland at Wine Source in Baltimore; on the list at Bistro St. Michaels in St. Michaels.
*1 / 2
Marlborough, New Zealand, $20
It’s straightforward and pleasant, with spicy cherry flavors and nice balance.
Republic National: Available in the District at Kogod Liquor, Manhattan Market, Press Liquors, Sherry’s Fine Wine & Spirits. Available in Virginia at Harris Teeter in Manassas; on the list at Cassatt’s Kiwi Cafe in Arlington, Trummer’s on Main in Clifton, Woodstock Cafe in Woodstock. Available in Maryland at Hilltop Wine & Spirits in Bowie, Staples Corner Liquors in Gambrills, Urbana Liquors and Trout Liquors in Frederick.
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Prices are approximate. Check Winesearcher.com to verify availability, or ask a favorite wine store to order through a distributor.