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2007 Ermitage du Pic Saint Loop 

Languedoc, France / $18 Retail

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Pic Saint Loop, the Languedoc's northernmost sub-appellation, is named for its peak in southern France between the Mediterranean and the Cevennes Mountains. In this region, the holy trinity is Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre, the primary grapes in many of the local red wines. Aged for a year or more in old French barrels, the Ermitage epitomizes the concentrated aromas and flavors characteristic of the terroir. Dense, dark fruit, spice and earthy overtones are joined by herbal nuances, firm tannins and a good acidity. Decant several hours before serving. Drink it with roast game, poultry, meats, mushrooms and hearty vegetables. Buy it at: Swirl Wine Market and Bacchanal. Drink it at: Clancy's, Cafe Minh and Rue 127. — Brenda Maitland

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