2009 Château Thénac Bergerac Rouge (Previously $20)
*Editors' Choice* Big, bold and black in color, this wine is full of new wood perfumes, and it has a smooth, polished texture. Rich, fruity and firmly balanced, it has dark tannins that create a powerful structure. It offers some aging potential.
A Merlot-dominated Bordeaux blend from the Côtes de Bergerac in Southwestern France's Perigord region, grown in limestone soils. "The 2009 has sweet aromas of blueberries, ripe figs, toasted almond and nutmeg. Opulent, fruity and harmonious on the palate, it has a long finish with finely integrated tannins," according to the winery. A fantastic near-term ager that's wonderfully affordable, too, a must if you've got some truffles on hand since this delicious red comes from the famed home of the world's famous black truffles. 14.5% abv.