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.
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,
; Sepulveda Wine in
Beach, (310) 318-9080,