François Raquillet 2005 Mercurey 1er Cru "Les Naugues" ($31.99)
Like many of the 2005 Burgundies we've encountered, this wine is dark for the genre, a very dark reddish-purple color that shades from a garnet rim to an almost black center. Plum and black-cherry aromas add a whiff of an attractive rosy floral note. Flavors are consistent with the nose, black fruit beautifully balanced by fresh, crisp acidity; soft tannins gently blanket the finish. US Importer: Vintner Select, Mason, Ohio, and other regional importers. (Apr 26, 2007)

FOOD MATCH: Versatile and food-friendly like all Pinots, it found its natural partner in a traditional pairing with a locally produced grass-fed rib eye steak pan-seared medium-rare.



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