Terra Vega Bin No. 966 Carmenere 2016, Chateau Haut-Piquat 2012, O’Dwyers Creek Limited Release Pinot Noir 2014 and La Tour Pavée 2014. (Deb Lindsey /For The Washington Post)

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Here are five kosher wines suitable for the Passover Seder.

D.M.

O’Dwyers Creek Limited Release Pinot Noir 2014

Marlborough, New Zealand, $30

I’ve recommended the kosher sauvignon blanc from O’Dwyers Creek before, but this pinot noir is even better. It’s classic Marlborough pinot, light and bright with flavors of cherries and berries, plus a hint of smoke. Alcohol by volume: 12.3 percent.

Distributed by M. Touton Selection: Available in the District at Cleveland Park Wine and Spirits, Potomac Wine & Spirits, Rodman’s, Wagshal’s Deli. Available in Maryland at Moti’s Market in Rockville, Old Farm Liquors in Frederick. Available in Virginia at the Vineyard in McLean.

Chateau Haut-Piquat 2012

Lussac Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux, France, $30

This blend of 80 percent merlot, with cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc filling the rest, offers good structure and nice tannins around a core of red and black fruit flavors. The winery makes a similar non-kosher wine that is less expensive and more widely available. ABV: 13 percent.

Distributed by M. Touton Selection: Available in the District at Cleveland Park Wine and Spirits, Rodman’s.

La Tour Pavée 2014

Bordeaux Superieure, France, $16

Named for a Parisian synagogue and overseen by the chief orthodox rabbi in Paris, this wine offers classic Bordeaux aromas of graphite, tobacco leaf, cocoa and black fruit. It is light yet maintains nice balance. ABV: 12.5 percent.

Distributed by M. Touton Selection: Available in the District at Potomac Wine & Spirits, Rodman’s. Available in Maryland at Chevy Chase Supermarket, Cork 57 Beer and Wine, Georgetown Square Wine and Beer and Montgomery Gourmet Beer & Wine in Bethesda; Crestwood Liquors, Old Farm Liquors and Riverside Liquors in Frederick; Grosvenor Market in Rockville; Hillandale Beer & Wine in Silver Spring; Nick’s of Calvert in Prince Frederick. Available in Virginia at the Vineyard in McLean.

GREAT VALUE
Terra Vega Bin No. 966 Carmenere 2016

Valle Central, Chile, $9

Chile’s signature grape offers nice, plummy, cherry fruit, with nice body and a decent finish. It’s ripe and avoids the weedy, vegetal character carmenere can get. ABV: 13 percent.

Distributed by M. Touton Selection: Available in the District at 1 West Dupont Circle Wine & Liquors, Cleveland Park Wine and Spirits, Potomac Wine & Liquors, Rodman’s. Available in Maryland at Beer Wine & Co. and Cork 57 Beer and Wine in Bethesda, Chesapeake Market & Deli in North Beach, Moti’s Market in Rockville, Nick’s of Calvert in Prince Frederick, Old Farm Liquors in Frederick, Roland’s in Chesapeake Beach, Shalom Kosher in Wheaton, Snider’s Super Foods in Silver Spring.

Cantina Gabriele Malvasia Sweet Red Wine

Italy, $11

For wine lovers with a sweet tooth (or fans of Luden’s cough drops), this light, fruity red is the real deal. ABV: 11 percent.

Distributed by M. Touton Selection: Widely available in the District, Maryland and Virginia.

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