These bottles range from $26 to $40, and are ideal for an adventurous palette
Robert Sinskey 2010 Scintilla Sonoma Vinyard "Abraxas" Vin de Terrior
A vibrant white blend that packs dried apricot, peach, apple, and lemon with a whiff of honeysuckle. (Los Carneros; $34)
Tablas Creek 2009 "Esprit de Beaucastel Blanc"
Roussanne and other white Rhônes offer spicy citrus (Japanese yuzu), almond, resin green herbs, and preserved lemon. (Paso Robles; $40)
Ponzi 2008 Reserve Chardonnay
Rich and delicate at once, with lightly toasted lemon brûlée, pear, and tropicals lurking around the edges. (Wilamette Valley; $30)
St. Innocent 2009 Zenith Vineyard Pinto Noir
Spiced red berries with haunting layers of vanilla, forest floor, and florals show off with Willamette Valley's signature red grape. (Eola-Amity Hills; $36)
Andrew Murray 2008 "Espérance"
This inky "GSM" blend (Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre) delivers juicy dark fruit, black pepper, cured meat, and chocolate. (Central Coast; $30)
Saddleback 2007 Old Vine Zinfandel
A bright, stylish Zin with briary fruit well seasoned with vanilla, fresh mint, and black pepper. (Napa Valley; $36)