2008 Castle Rock Willamette Valley Pinot Noir ($13)
Castle Rock, one of the most successful American négociants, focuses on Pinot Noir from a wide range of top regions. This fragrant, taut red uses grapes from Oregon.
NV Sherman & Hooker Shebang!, 2nd Cuvée ($19)
Shebang!a robust, darkly fruity blend of Zinfandel, Syrah, Sangiovese and other varietiescomes in a ring-handled moonshine jug. It's the brainchild of Morgan Twain-Peterson, the son of Ravenswood Winery founder Joel Peterson.
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2007 Sean Minor Four Bears Napa Valley Merlot ($17)
Minor spent nearly two decades managing top wineries, such as Beaulieu Vineyard and King Estate, before choosing to found his own company. His velvety Merlot is impressive.