If you can’t find these wines at your favorite wine store, ask to special order or contact the importer for retail locations. —Condé Cox
ERIC TEXIER $13
Imported by Louis/Dressner Selections,louisdressner.com
In every glass of the 2005 Côtes du Rhône you can smell the warm climate and the rich herbs native to the hillsides of the southern Rhône river valley.
ALTOS LAS HORMIGAS $10
Imported by Domaine Selections,domaineselections.com
Originally from Bordeaux, Malbec has found a beautiful new home in the Mendoza region of Argentina. Altos’2007 Malbec has the notable pure purple grape flavors of previous vintages.
Imported by Jorge Ordoñez, latienda.com
Luzón makes this eastern Spanish wine from Monastrell, a local name for Mourvèdre—the same fruit used to make the famous Châteauneuf du Pape from France. The2006 Luzón is a mouthful, packed with powerful tannins.