Finca Copete, 2010 Torrontes, Argentina, $8.99. Torrontes is considered by some to be the flagship white wine grape of Argentina. This wine’s aroma is sweet, floral, and citrusy—but it’s dry, brilliant (almost metallic), and thin on the palate. It’s interesting, but I would want to pair this with food rather than enjoy it by itself.
Pietriluna, 2010 Negro Amaro, Puglia, Italy, $11.99. Medium-bodied red, fresh with a peppery finish. Interesting and off the beaten path. www.Racemi.it.
Hopler, 2009 Gruner Veltliner, Austria, $10.99. Interesting white—wet rock, apple, hay, minerals. Extremely dry with just 1.5 g/l residual sugar. http://hoepler.at/.
Martin Codax, 2010 Alberiño, Rias Baixas, Spain, $12.99. Lemony, racy white. From www.snooth.com: “Albariño is a grape indigenous to the border region that separates Spain from Portugal, where the grape is know as Alvarino. It produces a medium to light-bodied white wine that is rich with peach and citrus fruits while the aromas tend to the floral and slightly nutty end of the spectrum. The wines have bright acidity and an easy-drinking quality that has propelled them to new heights of popularity.”