Wines to Please Every Palate—and Budget

City Vineyard White Selections

Montmartre Brut, $10.95

“Montmartre sparkling wine is a distinctive cuvée that salutes its namesake’s exuberant bohemian community of painters, poets, musicians and dance-hall performers. Fresh and fruity, lively on the palate, with a delicate mousse and appealing finish, Montmartre Brut makes a fine aperitif and accompanies a variety of light dishes.”

MacRostie 2015 Chardonnay Sonoma Coast,* $19.95

“This desirable appellation wine hails from several well-farmed vineyards, including the producer’s hillside Wildcat Mountain site in the Petaluma Gap. Apple blossom aromas lead to a taut body of ripe, balanced fruit—an exploration of pineapple and mango that’s food-friendly, with high-toned acidity. The finish is clean, refreshing and quickly invites another taste.”

*Critical acclaim

90 points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

E. Guigal 2015 Condrieu,* $79.95

“The Condrieu terroir, on the right bank of the Rhône, is famous for its white wines and is the northernmost white wine appellation in the Rhône Valley. Brilliant clear and golden yellow in the glass on the nose, Condrieu is intensely flowery (violets), with apricot, peaches and citrus. The palate is fresh and round. Rich, unctuous and full-bodied. Overall, harmonious with light acidity and round, fleshy fruits. Delicate and elegant.”

*Critical acclaim

95 points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

City Vineyard Red Selections

Altitudes Red Cotes du Roussillon 2016,* $11.95

“Red Garnet in the glass with a bouquet of dark berries and spice. On the palate, altitudes are fresh and smooth on the palate, with undertones of licorice, blackberries and blackcurrants. A well-balanced wine with a long finish.”

*Critical acclaim

88 points, Wine Spectator

Vignobles Brunier, Le Pigeoulet, Vaucluse 2016, $19.95

“The Brunier family have long been synonymous with the highest standard of quality in Vaucluse and Southern Rhone. A wonderful, spicy, smooth and full-of-character Rhône blend from a lesser known area of Southern France. Dark in the glass with dark berries, black plums, and black pepper on the nose. On the palate, Le Pigeoulet expresses notes of dark plums, sweet spice and black pepper.”

The Paring Red 2013,* $28.95

“This cabernet-inspired blend shows the sanguine, focused fruit and shapely tannins that we’ve come to expect from the sandy soils and slightly cooler mesoclimate of these outstanding vineyard sites. Classic aromas of cedar and cassis. Pure expression of black and red fruit with lovely herbal notes of sincere cabernet sauvignon. A plush texture combined with a rigid backbone of tannin structure make this wine a truly memorable drinking experience.”

*Critical acclaim

90 Antonio Galloni – Vinous