1. 2009 Bodegas Colome Torrontes ($15)
A wonderful buy from Argentina. The nose is exotic, almost Muscat-like, while the texture is bone-dry. A great aperitif.
2. 2008 Weingut Prager Smaragd Trocken Liebenberg Grüner Veltliner ($60)
A minerally Austrian white with potent aromas of tropical fruits and white pepper, Grüner Veltliner's signature note.
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3. 2008 Dr. Loosen Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Spätlese ($30)
Lush but racy, with notes of orange zest and spice; from German star Ernst Loosen.
4. 2008 Tablas Creek Côtes de Tablas Blanc ($25)
A white Rhône-style blend of Viognier, Grenache Blanc, Rousanne and Marsanne. It's ripe and aromatically intense, with juicy acidity.
5. 2004 Chateau Haut-Brion ($250)
One of the world's greatest wines, this Bordeaux is also one of the most complex, with gorgeously nuanced aromas of spice and dried fruits.