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Guiraud - G De Guiraud
A fresh white, with a creamy edge to the peach, melon and salted butter notes. The stylish finish lets a hint of macadamia nut chime in. Sauvignon Blanc and SÃ©millon. Drink now. 2,500 cases made. 'JM
Luigi Einaudi - Barolo
Blackberry and milk chocolate aromas. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a balance of plum and red fruits in the aftertaste. Best after 2012. 1,195 cases made. 'JS
Pertimali (Livio Sassetti) - Brunello di Montalcino
A rich and decadent Brunello, with tobacco, berry and coffee character that turns to meat. Full and soft. Best after 2010. 'JS
Pesquie - Les Terrasses
The 2010 from Pesquie Terrasses, one of my all-time favorite producers in France, is a phenomenal bargain. This wine is absolutely stunning, and the best one they have made to date, and is a brilliant showcase for what looks to be another great vintage in the southern Rhone. A blend of 70% Grenache and 30% Syrah, with 65% aged in tank and the rest in old barrels and foudres, it is bottled unfined and unfiltered for the American market. It's just terrific, and the good news is that there are 7,000 cases, which is a rarity in this business ' finding something spectacular in quality, low in price, with excellent availability. Its stunning dense bluish/purple color offers up notes of sweet blueberries, black cherry liqueur, licorice, incense, and a hint of hot rocks (almost gravelly, in the Bordeaux sense), but the wine hits the palate with amazing texture, succulence, fabulous fruit intensity, vivid purity and a vigorous, long, fresh finish that goes on past 30 seconds. Amazing for a $15 wine, it can probably be found discounted at $12-13. Drink it over the next 3-4 years.
Jean Deydier - Chateauneuf du Pape
Broad and creamy, with ripe blueberry compote, fig sauce and Black Forest cake flavors backed by espresso and chocolate-covered raspberry notes. Shows the rounded, friendly side of the vintage. Not imported into the U.S.