1. Gross Riesling 2018 ($22)
Gross’s 2018 Riesling shows lemon, mineral, lime, and honeysuckle in the nose. The mouth is dry and more substantial than last year’s — the attack is rich and mouthfilling, followed by a chiseled beam of acidity and minerals. Look for notes of herbal honey, green apple, coriander and pear.
2. Ravaut Bourgogne 2018 ($25)
Ravaut’s 2018 Bourgogne rouge is everything you want in an everyday red Burgundy. There’s fresh, ripe, red fruit in the nose, alongside pleasant minerality and a hint of smoke. The mouth is concentrated and sturdy, with attractively textured tannin and a clean, vibrant finish. The fruit profile is classic Côte de Beaune: red fruits (rather than blue) and an elegant earthiness.
3. Coulange Mistral 2019 ($16)
The 2019 Mistral is delightful, an unoaked blend of 80% grenache and 20% syrah. It’s more intense and ripe than usual, with fuller fruit and a deeper palate. The nose shows violets, wild cherry jam, and garrigue (provençal underbrush), with woodsy and briary notes as it develops in the glass. The mouth is dense and smooth, with a rich, vibrant mouthfeel, and smooth tannins.