Vincent Dureil-Janthial 2001 Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru "Clos des Argillières" ($25.00)
Dark garnet in color, this unfiltered Burgundy, a specially bottled "cuvee unique" for North Berkeley Imports, shows an unusually translucent haziness in the glass. Ripe red-berry aromas add markedly herbaceous and characteristic Pinot Noir "tomato-skin" scents. Full and tart on the palate, juicy sour-cherry fruit is shaped by tangy, almost sharp fresh-fruit acidity. After about an hour in the glass, the wine snaps into clearer focus with an almost audible "click," developing layers of fruity complexity and a discreet whiff of pleasant "barnyard" that weren't there before. US Importer: North Berkeley Imports, Berkeley, Calif. (Jan 31, 2004)

FOOD MATCH: Fine with roast chicken, a simple, reliable foil for red Burgundy.



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