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The theme today is excellence in diversity. The wines — five red, five white and two pink — illustrate the notion that great wine can derive from anywhere wine grapes are grown and excel within the parameter of their intention and purpose. Excellent wines don’t require the “best” grapes; notice we do not touch on chardonnay or cabernet sauvignon in this post. (O.K., there’s a dollop of cabernet sauvignon in one blend.) There’s diversity in price too, ranging here from $12 to $59. I won’t go so far as to say that there’s a wine for every taste here — we’re all too individual for that — but I wouldn’t be surprised if plenty of My Readers found wines to like among this dozen. As usual in the Weekend Wine Notes post, I eschew the historical, geographical and technical details on which I normally dote for the sake of quick, incisive reviews meant to pique your interest and whet your palate. Enjoy! (In moderation, please.)

These wines were samples for review.

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Mandrarossa Perricone Rosé 2018, Terra Siciliane, Italy. 12.5% alc. 100% perricone grapes. Pale copper-salmon hue; vivid impressions of strawberry and raspberry, damp seashells, pomegranate and cranberry; pert, tart, lean and spare; saline and savory; notes of dune grass and dried thyme enhanced by brisk acidity; red berry fruit strung on a delicate line of limestone minerality. Drink into early 2020; for now, a terrific picnic and patio rosé. Excellent. About $12, marking Great Value.

Palm Bay Imports, Boca Raton, Fla.

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Tongue Dancer Rosé of Pinot Noir 2018, Sonoma Coast. 14.5% alc. 148 cases. Medium copper-peach hue; a ripe and fleshy rosé, featuring a melange of strawberries, raspberries and red currants infused by guava, cloves and graphite; a bit ferrous and sanguinary; real presence on the palate; a lingering aura of rose petals and gardenia, and a finish that’s generous and expressive. A true food rosé now through 2021. Excellent. About $25.

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Cliff Lede Sauvignon Blanc 2018, Napa Valley. 14.2% alc. Pale straw-gold; notes of celery leaf, lemongrass, lime peel and a hint of mango; hints of lilac and dried thyme; lemons and pears for flavors, dry and spare, but a lively sprightly impression; a few moments unfold touches of caraway seed, fig and tarragon; all these qualities embraced by a winsome talc-like texture that aims toward an ethereal flint-like finish. An irresistible rendition of the sauvignon blanc grape. Now through 2021 or ’22. Excellent. About $28.

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Gustave Lorentz Reserve Pinot Gris 2015, Alsace. 13% alc. Bright medium gold hue; honeyed peach and roasted lemon, jasmine and honeysuckle, cloves and clover; lacy, transparent layers of flint, limestone, brisk acidity; very spicy and savory; petal-like but with tensile power; real presence on the palate, lithe and sensuous; rich with stone-fruit flavors yet spare and elegant; finishes with every element displaying lovely shape, integration and balance, but with a glittering mineral edge. Brilliant winemaking. Now through 2023 to ’25. Excellent. About $23, representing Good Value.

Imported by Quintessential Wines, Napa, Calif.

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Niner Wine Estates Reserve Grenache Blanc 2017, Willow Creek District, Paso Robles. 14.5% alc. Pale straw-gold hue; pear and almond skin, heather and hay; back-notes of bee’s-wax and lanolin; brings up touches of jasmine and honeysuckle; notably clean and fresh, saline and savory; palate-prickling acidity keeps it lively and engaging; a mellow, golden aspect that lends dignity and elegance; finish provides delicate seashell minerality and dried herbal tones. Certified by SIP: Sustainability in Practice. Through 2021 or ’22 with seafood risottos, grilled mussels, ceviche. Excellent. About $30.

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Peter Zemmer Riserva Pinot Grigio “Giatl” 2016, Alto Adige, Italy. A whole different order of single-vineyard pinot grigio, due to careful oak fermentation and aging. Intense medium gold color, with a tinge of green; baked apple and roasted lemon, ginger and quince, cloves and green tea; a texture both soft and sinewy, tremendously appealing to the palate, animated by amazingly bright and energetic acidity; becomes quite meadowy, breezy, a little briny even; limestone minerality seeps in from mid-palate back, becoming a tide that defines the chiseled finish. Drink now through 2022 to ’24 with asparagus risotto, seafood bisque, pretty much any roasted or grilled fish. Excellent. About $38.

Imported by HB Wine Merchants, New York.

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Vallado Vinho Branco Reserva 2017, Douro, Portugal. 13% alc. The grapes: rabigato, gouveio, arinto, viosinho. Medium straw-gold color; spiced pear, melon, apple skin; acacia and almond blossom; quite spicy and savory, sleek and supple on the palate; moderately rich and buoyed by bright acidity; stone-fruit with touches of peach skin and dried meadow flowers and herbs. Lovely, unique. Drink through 2022 or ’23 with roasted chicken, grilled octopus, pike quenelles, trout with capers and brown butter. Excellent. About $48.

Imported by Quintessential Wines, Napa, Calif.

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Foppiano Vineyards Petite Sirah 2015, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County. 14.9% alc. Intense ebony-purple with a glowing violet rim; very ripe, almost giddy with cassis and blueberry, lavender and licorice, cloves and allspice, but more solid than exotic; a few minutes in the glass bring in notes of plum and fruitcake, dusty graphite; a big, bold red wine, fielding bastions of deep, velvety tannins in a dense, chewy texture brightened by vivid acidity; talk about traction on the palate. Say you’re grilling pork chops glistening with olive oil, lime juice and a cumin-chili powder rub; here’s your wine. Robust, for sure, but not rustic or rough-shod. Now through 2021 or ’22. Excellent. About $25.

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Foursight Wines Charles Vineyard Clone 05 Pinot Noir 2016, Anderson Valley, Mendocino County. 13.9% alc. Totally transparent medium ruby-brick red hue; initially highlights the spicy element: cloves and allspice, segueing into sandalwood; macerated red and black cherries and currants; unfolds notes of sassafras and cranberry; clean and spare on the palate, lithe and supple; a few moments in the glass open traces of iodine and loam, every quality enveloped in a particular sense of purity and intensity. Beautifully wrought. Now through 2022 to ’24. Excellent. About $54.

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Frankland Estate Olmo’s Reward 2015, Frankland River Region, Western Australia. 14.2% alc. 62% cabernet franc, 17% merlot, 16% malbec, 5% cabernet sauvignon . Dark ruby shading to medium cherry red; blossoms with mint, iodine and sandalwood, ripe and macerated raspberries and black currants; adds notes of violets, briers and brambles; slightly dusty graphite; lots of gripping tannins and traction on the palate; gradually unfurls hints of blueberry and lavender; a serious red wine that manages to stay light on its feet. Now through 2023 to ’25. Excellent. About $55.

Imported by Quintessential, Napa, Calif.

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Magnus “The Profane” Shiraz 2015, Sonoma Valley. 14.6% alc. Inky purple shading to a transparent magenta rim; iron and iodine with a lush thrust of spiced and macerated blackberries and blueberries; hints of vanilla and cloves, orange rind and fruitcake; delivers some of the syrah grape’s signature funky earthiness, with depths of forest floor and underbrush; oak emerges in the finish, burnished and slightly creamy, along with chiseled granitic minerality. Now through 2024 to ’27. Excellent. About $59.

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Marco Felluga Russiz Superiore Cabernet Franc 2016, Collio, Italy. 14% alc. Intense dark ruby-purple fading to a lighter purple rim; mulberry and blueberry, plums, briers and brambles; lip-smacking acidity cuts through dry, dusty tannins; revolves around a concentrated core of lavender and candied violets, loam, bittersweet chocolate and graphite; a finish that manages to be both gravelly and fruity. A rough-and-tumble cabernet franc, so bring from the grill the pork chops, the sausages, the medium-rare ribeye steak. Excellent. About $29.

Dalla Terra Winery Direct, Napa, Calif.

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