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2005 Chateau Gonin 

Bordeaux, France / $13-$15 Retail

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Since 1510, a noted winemaking family has produced exceptional wines in the Saint-Sulpice-de-Pommiers commune. Its winery, located 20 miles southeast of the city of Bordeaux, harvested the estate-grown grapes (an even blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon) for this bottling in 2005, an excellent vintage. Vinification took place in stainless steel tanks with an extended maceration process followed by 12 to 16 months of oak aging. The medium-bodied wine offers aromas of red and black berry fruit, truffles, leather and a hint of cocoa leading into black cherry, currant and blackberry flavors with soft, velvety tannins and a long finish. Decant an hour before serving. Enjoy it with steak, veal chops and other grilled meats. Buy it at: Cork & Bottle, The Wine Seller, Dorignac's and Martin Wine Cellar. Drink it at: Clever Wine Bar. — Brenda Maitland

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