Enjoy these favorites from France and Italy. A 2011 Domaine du Pegau Chateauneuf du Pape. Exhibiting a surprisingly deep purple color, it is a seductive, open-knit, precocious, sexy example with decent acidity, sumptuous fruit and delicious, mature flavors of roasted herbs, kirsch, black currants, raspberries, licorice, and incense. This beauty should be one of the top wines of this less heralded vintage...90-93" WA
2009 Clos Saint-Jean Chateauneuf du Pape. Another scrumptious blend from France.
2010 Cascina Ballarin Tre Chabot
Ruby red colour of medium intensity with orange reflections, rich and elegant floral bouquet of rose and violet. Fine palate, lightly tannic, persistent and spicy. Suitable for moderate aging.
The grapes come from vineyards in La Morra, Novello and Monforte d'Alba. The wine is aged in large Slavonian oak barrels, French barriques and tonneaux.