Waimea Pinot Noir 2009
($22.10 in Quebec, product No. 10826447) boasts good varietal character. The medium-bodied red from New Zealand is crisp and tight, with bright raspberry-strawberry notes and hints of herbs and spice. Try it with salmon, pork tenderloin or duck breast.
Altair Sideral 2005 ($26.10 in Quebec, No. 10692830) is a Chilean blend of cabernet sauvignon with 13-per-cent carmenère. The herbal carmenère quality peers through its succulent plum, chocolate, spice and smoked meat, finishing with tight acidity.
Township 7 Merlot 2007 ($24.99, www.township7.com) is full-bodied, smooth and velvety, with luscious blackberry-blueberry, chocolate and caramel and firm tannins. It should age well for four to six years. Try it with steak.