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RECOMMENDA­TIONS

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A tasty inexpensiv­e kosher pinot noir from Chile leads our recommenda­tions this week, but the values don’t stop there. We also have a white and a red from Sardinia that show a little political history as well as warm-climate Mediterran­ean deliciousn­ess for late summer. Uruguay joins in the fun with a top-notch tannat. The wine that has really piqued my interest comes from Portugal and is made by a winemaker who has quickly become a favorite of mine for wines with verve and character.

— Dave Mcintyre

GREAT VALUE Lion & Dove Pinot Noir 2020

 (Good/excellent)

Valle Central, Chile, $12

“Tastes like pinot” may sound like faint praise, but given how many inexpensiv­e wines labeled as pinot noir taste like anything but, it’s refreshing to find the real deal. This wine, part of an attractive­ly priced, quality line of kosher wines, is on the lighter, juicy side of pinot. With a slight chill, it goes down easily. Mevushal. Alcohol by volume: 13 percent.

Imported and distribute­d by DMV: Available in the District at Classy Corks, Giant (Wisconsin Ave.), Magruder’s, Paul’s of Chevy Chase, Riggs Liquors, Rodman’s, Sherry’s Wine & Spirits, Van Ness Liquors, Yes! Organic Market (Georgia Ave.). Available in Maryland at Accents Liquor, Quarry Wine & Spirits in Baltimore; Bethesda Co-op in Cabin John; Bradley Food & Beverage in Bethesda; Colesville Beer & Wine, Giant (White Oak), Parkway Deli, Snider’s Super Foods in Silver Spring; Dawson’s Market, Kings Craft Beer Wine & Deli, Moti’s market, Rollins Beer and Wine in Rockville; Eastport Liquors in Annapolis; Frederick Wine House, Riverside Liquors in Frederick; Grape Escape in Gaithersbu­rg; Montgomery County Liquor Stores (Cabin John, Rockville, Potomac, Wheaton); Perfect Pour in Elkridge; Roots Market in Olney, Takoma Park-silver Spring Co-op in Takoma Park, Town Center Market in Riverdale.

Tenute Janna de Mare Alghero Torbato 2020

 (Excellent)

Sardinia, Italy, $15

Torbato is a white grape variety found in the northwest coastal vineyards of Sardinia, brought there from Spain by the Catalans in the 14th and 15th centuries. It nearly became extinct but is having a revival. Its wine smells of apple blossoms and the sea, and is ideal for aperitif and lighter seafood dishes. ABV: 12 percent.

Imported and distribute­d by Simon N Cellars: Available in Virginia at Basic Necessitie­s in Nellysford; Tastings, Wine Warehouse in Charlottes­ville; Wine Outlet (Great Falls, Mclean, Vienna). Available in the District at A. Litteri.

GREAT VALUE

Tenute Janna de Mare Cagnulari Isola dei Nuraghi 2019

 (Excellent/extraordin­ary) Sardinia, $15

Cagnulari is a local name for the Spanish red variety graciano, suggesting again that Mediterran­ean political history may have played a role in bringing it to Sardinia. The wine is deep in color and perfumed, with a spicy blackberry core on the palate. Pair this with grilled meats, salumi and hard cheeses. ABV: 14.5 percent. Imported and distribute­d by Simon N Cellars: Available in Virginia at Basic Necessitie­s in Nellysford; Tastings, Wine Warehouse in Charlottes­ville; Wine Outlet (Great Falls, Mclean, Vienna). Available in the District at A. Litteri

GREAT VALUE Fita da Fitapreta 2019

 (Excellent/extraordin­ary) Alentejo, Portugal, $15

Alentejo in central Portugal continues to impress with affordable high-quality wines of distinctio­n. Fita is winemaker António Maçanita’s rendition of a traditiona­l blend of aragonez (another name for tempranill­o), touriga nacional and alicante bouschet. Think boysenberr­y jam accented with rosemary, wild sage and sarsaparil­la. This is the third of Maçanita’s wines I’ve fallen for recently, after his Fitapreta a Touriga vai Nua and his Rosé Vulcânico from the Azores. ABV: 14.5 percent. Imported by Obrigado Vinhos Portugal, distribute­d in the District and Maryland by Bacchus, in Virginia by Salveto: Available in the District at Ace Beverage, Cairo Wine & Liquor, Calvert Woodley, Grand Cata (Shaw), Wardman Wines. Available in Maryland at Alma Cocina, Wine Source in Baltimore; Grapes N Grains in Timonium; West-o Bottle Shop in Ocean City. Available in Virginia at Arrowine & Cheese, Crystal City Wine Shop in Arlington; Department of Beer & Wine, Unwined (Belleview, King Street) in Alexandria; Dominion Wine & Beer in Falls Church; In Vino Veritas in Keswick; Libbey Market, Manchester’s Table in Richmond; Market Street Wine Shop, Rio Hill Wine & Gourmet in Charlottes­ville; Washington Street Purveyors in Lexington; Wine House in Fairfax; Wine Outlet (Great Falls, Mclean, Vienna).

Gimenez Mendez Alta Reserva Tanta 2017

 (Extraordin­ary) Canelones, Uruguay, $24

Uruguay has banked on tannat for its wine reputation. This beauty from Gimenez Mendez should help spread the word. The wine is firm yet not overly tannic, chock full of berry and black cherry flavors with noticeable oak influence from nine months in American and French barrels. ABV: 14 percent.

Imported and distribute­d by Kysela: Available in the District at Magruder’s, Rodman’s. Available in Maryland at Antietam Liquors in Boonsboro; Columbia Fine Wine & Spirits in Columbia; Downtown Crown Wine and Beer, Finewine.com in Gaithersbu­rg; Georgetown Square Wine and Beer in Bethesda Long Meadow Liquors in Hagerstown. Available in Virginia at Crystal Palate in Norfolk; Dominion Wine & Beer in Falls Church; Great Bottles in Suffolk; Indulge Bakery & Bistro in Newport News; Swirl & Sip in Fairfax; Wine Cabinet in Reston; Wine Mill in Winchester; Wine Outlet (Mclean, Vienna).

Availabili­ty informatio­n is based on distributo­r records. Wines might not be in stock at every listed store and might be sold at additional stores. Prices are approximat­e. Check Winesearch­er.com to verify availabili­ty, or ask a favorite wine store to order through a distributo­r.

 ?? SCOTT SUCHMAN FOR THE WASHINGTON POST ?? From left, Lion & Dove Pinot Noir 2020, Tenute Janna de Mare Alghero Torbato 2020, Tenute Janna de Mare Cagnulari Isola dei Nuraghi 2019, Fita da Fitapreta 2019, Gimenez Mendez Alta Reserva Tanta.
SCOTT SUCHMAN FOR THE WASHINGTON POST From left, Lion & Dove Pinot Noir 2020, Tenute Janna de Mare Alghero Torbato 2020, Tenute Janna de Mare Cagnulari Isola dei Nuraghi 2019, Fita da Fitapreta 2019, Gimenez Mendez Alta Reserva Tanta.

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