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Here are four wines you might be tempted to finish in one sitting, without leaving any leftovers. Though if you have the patience, the Tenet wines, from a Washington state-French collaboration, will actually improve over a day or two, whichever stopper you use.

 — D.M.

Tenet Wines the Pundit Syrah 2013

★ ★ ★

Columbia Valley, Wash., $25

Washington state offers several wines that are collaborations with leading winemakers from around the world. The model was pioneered by Chateau Ste. Michelle, Washington’s largest and most important winery, with the Eroica Riesling. Tenet wines are a collaboration of Chateau Ste. Michelle with French winemaker Michel Gassier and consulting enologist Philippe Cambie. The Pundit is lush and deep, with blueberry and blackberry flavors and an intensity that won’t quit. Le Fervent, a French Rhône-style blend, is an excellent value. The top wine in the group is Tenet, a GSM — grenache, syrah and mourvedre blend — which brings us back to Columbia Valley. It retails for about $70. Alcohol by volume: 14.3 percent.

RNDC: Available in the District at Circle Wine & Liquor, Rodman’s; on the list at Bobby Van’s Grill, Equinox, Floriana, Oceanaire, the Palm. Available in Virginia at Dominion Wine and Beer in Falls Church, Norm’s Beer & Wine in Vienna, Unwined in Alexandria, Winestyles in Montclair; on the list at Screwtop Wine Bar in Arlington.

Tenet Wines Le Fervent Syrah 2013

★ ★ ★

Costières de Nîmes, Languedoc, France, $22

One could easily mistake this wine on first sip for an Australian shiraz because of its bright, spicy fruit and plush texture. Yet there’s some inherent earthiness that brings this delightful wine back to its Old World roots. Give it an hour or more in a decanter, then enjoy its company throughout the evening. Don’t rush the conversation. ABV: 14.5 percent.

RNDC: Available in the District at Circle Wine & Liquor, Rodman’s. On the list at Bobby Van’s Grill, Bobby Van’s Steakhouse, JoJo’s, Mio, Pasta Mia, Siroc. Available in Virginia at Dominion Wine and Beer in Falls Church, Norm’s Beer & Wine in Vienna, Unwined in Alexandria, Winestyles in Montclair; on the list at Screwtop Wine Bar in Arlington.

Baumard Rosé Brut Extra

★ ★

Cremant de Loire, Loire Valley, France, $30

This elegant sparkler in a frosted-glass bottle tastes like strawberries and raspberries, with fizz. ABV: 12.5 percent.

M. Touton: Available in the District at Ace Beverage, Cleveland Park Wine and Spirits. Available in Maryland at Old Farm Liquors and Viniferous in Frederick, the Perfect Pour in Elkridge. Available in Virginia at Leesburg Vintner, Planet Wine & Gourmet in Alexandria, the Vineyard in McLean, the Town Duck in Warrenton.

Tacchino Gavi 2013

★ ★

Piemonte, Italy, $17

Crisp acidity and flavors of peach and jasmine characterize this delightful white wine. Pair it with appetizers or simple seafood dishes. ABV: 12.5 percent.

Country Vintner: Available in the District at A. Litteri, Georgetown Wine & Spirits, Rodman’s, Schneider’s of Capitol Hill; on the list at Rasika West End. Available in Virginia at Grape + Bean in Alexandria.

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