This terrific Vacqueyras from a great year comes from a domaine named for the granite cliffs called Dentelles de Montmirail at the foot of Mont Ventoux. Cézanne country. This 2009 is the southern Rhone at its best, a truly beautiful expression of Grenache with a touch of Syrah and Mourvèdre. Tasting of dark plums, blackberries and sun-baked herbs, it conjures up the landscape of Cézanne's paintings.
Open a bottle to drink with grilled lamb chops or a thick steak. Or even better, a summer daube made with beef and dark, wrinkly olives. Bring it along on a picnic and serve it slightly chilled.
Region: Southern Rhone
Price: About $20
Style: Rich and full
What it goes with: Grilled lamb chops, steak, beef daube
Where to find it: Mission Wines in South Pasadena, (626) 403-9463, http://www.missionwines.com; Sepulveda Wine in Manhattan Beach, (310) 318-9080, http://www.sepulvedawine.com; and Woodland Hills Wine Co. in Woodland Hills, (818) 222-1111, http://www.whwc.com.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times