Toasty Plums and Briary Earth: 2019 Red Burgundy $40

Lovely, intense, darkly floral Pinot Noir for a weeknight

The Domaine Ravaut is the ultimate local wine source. For over a century the family has cultivated a loyal clientele of friends and locals — our tasting visits are frequently interrupted by neighbors stopping by to stock up their cellars.

The Ravaut’s friendly, humble domaine disguises some sophisticated winemaking – William Kelly of the Wine Advocate finds “characterful wines with plenty of stuffing,” and “plenty to admire.” Their regional-level wines offer terrific value, and with just a few years in the bottle well overperform their billing.

Ravaut’s entry level wines are usually lightweight and pretty — but not in 2019. Abundant sunshine and warmth produced a crop of bold, juicy, delicious reds with lots of intensity and character. It’s dark, sleek, and beautiful with notes of gingerbread, earth, wild cherries, and smoke — all wrapped up in Ravaut’s signature polish. If you’re feeling adventurous, serve with seared tuna; for classicists, go with game or duck or just a simple mushroom toast.


Ravaut Côte de Nuits-Villages 2019
bottle price: $38

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