($14) Light yellow. Fresh apple and pear on the nose, with treble notes of spicy quinine and white pepper. Sharply focused, pure orchard fruit flavors display good energy, with a snappy mineral quality on the back. A pretty, finely etched wine with plenty of verve. This would make an ideal aperitif or companion to light salads or shellfish.
($14; a blend of 70% shiraz, 25% grenache and 5% viognier) Ruby-red. Spicy redcurrant and raspberry aromas suggest that there's more than 25% grenache at play. Explosively fruity, with strong red berry flavors verging on jammy but saved by late-arriving minerality. Expands and deepens on the finish, picking up darker berry and cherry qualities, with gently chewy texture and good length.
($14) Dark red. Youthful pepper-accented cassis and blackberry on the nose, with a suggestion of cracked pepper. Fleshy in texture, with jammy dark berry flavors, soft acidity and a hint of floral pastille. Very persistent sweet blackberry and kirsch on the finish. Vaguely liqueur-like but there's good acid lift and thrust here. Remains just this side of sweet. (Old Bridge Cellars, Napa, CA)