Martine Saunierâ€™s wines are sold mostly to restaurants, but a fewâ€”including the FÃ©raud-Brunel and the Niepoort recommended hereâ€”are available at select retail stores. Other wines this week include an easy-to-find bag-in-a-box rosÃ© from Provence, a fine gruner veltliner from Austria and a racy albariÃ±o from Spain.
â€”FÃ©raud-Brunel Cotes du Rhone Villages 2013, three stars, Rhone Valley, France, $20
Cotes du Rhone Village is a relatively modest appellation, but this is not a modest wine. It has the color of Bing cherries, and on the palate it tastes like cherries, meat and herbs. In other words, it has loads of flavor that doesnâ€™t quit. Alcohol by volume: 14 percent.
â€” Steininger Gruner Veltliner Grand Gru Cru Reserve 2015, three stars, Kamptal, Austria, $28
A fantastic vintage from one of my favorite Austrian producersâ€”yes, I have manyâ€”this classy white wine is limpid and deep. Its initial impression seems understated, but there is a lot of fruit, white flowers and peppery minerality to grab your attention. ABV: 13 percent.
â€” Niepoort Twisted Tinto 2015, 2.5 stars, Douro Valley, Portugal, $19
Dirk Niepoort is one of the Douro Valleyâ€™s leading champions of table wines, in addition to the ports the region is known for. Douro winemakers have favored the powerful, tannic and alcoholic style of red wine, but Niepoort is moving in the opposite direction, toward elegance and…
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