Host's Guide Holiday 2012: Winter Vintages

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    Barware, from left: Ralph Lauren Home Sabrina tray and Adley corkscrew; Baccarat Chateau wine glass and Clair de Lune wine glasses; Saint-Louis Oxymore water glass; Rogaska Saint Tropez decanter. Except where otherwise indicated, all from Gearys (www.gearys.com). Wallpaper from Graham & Brown (www.grahambrown.com). Photo by Cordero Studios
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    Camille Giroud 2009 Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru Photo by Cordero Studios
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    Aubert 2010 Chardonnay Sonoma Coast Reuling Vineyard Photo by Cordero Studios
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    Bond Estate 2008 Vecina Napa Valley Photo by Cordero Studios
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    Amuse Bouche 2010 Merlot Napa Valley Photo by Cordero Studios
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    Blackbird Vineyards 2009 Illustration Proprietary Red Wine Photo by Cordero Studios
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    Captûre 2011 Sauvignon Blanc Les Pionniers Photo by Cordero Studios
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    Chappellet 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Pritchard Hill Photo by Cordero Studios
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    Charles Heidsieck 1995 Blanc des Millénaires Photo by Cordero Studios
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    Brewer-Clifton 2009 Pinot Noir Clos Pepe Vineyard Photo by Cordero Studios
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    Chateau d’Yquem 2009 Sauternes Photo by Cordero Studios
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    Diatom 2010 Kodo Chardonnay Santa Rita Hills Photo by Cordero Studios
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    Château Pavie 2009 St.-Émilion Photo by Cordero Studios
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    Dom Pérignon 2003 Brut Champagne Photo by Cordero Studios
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    Dominus Estate 2009 Red Wine Napa Valley Photo by Cordero Studios
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    EnRoute 2010 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley Les Pommiers Photo by Cordero Studios
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    Harlan Estate 2008 Proprietary Red Napa Valley Photo by Cordero Studios
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    E. Guigal 2008 Côte-Rôtie La Landonne Photo by Cordero Studios
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    Joseph Drouhin 2009 Chassagne-Montrachet Morgeot Marquis de Laguiche Premier Cru Photo by Cordero Studios
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    M. Chapoutier 2009 Ermitage L’Ermite Blanc Photo by Cordero Studios
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    Inama 2010 Soave Classico Vigneti di Foscarino Photo by Cordero Studios
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    Marchesi Antinori 2009 Tignanello Toscana Photo by Cordero Studios
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    Michele Chiarlo 2009 Barbaresco Asili Photo by Cordero Studios
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    Marchesi Antinori 2008 Solaia Toscana Photo by Cordero Studios
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    Penfolds 2007 Grange South Australia Photo by Cordero Studios
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    Royal Tokaji 2005 Betsek Photo by Cordero Studios
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    Piper-Heidsieck Millésime 2002 Brut Champagne Rare Photo by Cordero Studios
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    Pine Ridge 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Fortis Napa Valley Photo by Cordero Studios
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TENUTA DEGLI DEI 2009 CAVALLI TOSCANA
From Italian designer Roberto Cavalli and his son Tommaso, this Super Tuscan has a royal-purple color that prefigures its nose of plum and brambleberry. On the palate, its boysenberry flavors are spiced with cinnamon, dried herbs, and spearmint. ($45)

TENUTA DELL’ORNELLAIA 2009 ORNELLAIA
Sensuous, pure, and characterized by silky boysenberry-fruit, cocoa, and toasted-walnut notes, this unforgettable vintage will undoubtedly continue to flourish in the cellar. ($215)

TENUTA SAN GUIDO 2009 SASSICAIA
Big and voluptuous even for Sassicaia, the 2009 vintage departs from this wine’s usually more restrained personality, offering a riotous brew of black currant, black cherry, tanned leather, dried sage, star anise, and white pepper. ($227)

VALL LLACH 2007 VALL LLACH PRIORAT
This blend of Cariñena, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon festoons its black-fruit flavors with threads of cola, sandalwood, tarragon, black pepper, and minerals. ($95)

VÉRITÉ 2008 LA JOIE
One of California’s true viticultural masterpieces, La Joie consistently envelops its flawlessly articulated structure in opulent black fruit, silky texture, and savory layers of smoky cumin, truffle, and sweet tar. ($450)

VIN PERDU 2010 NAPA VALLEY
Heidi Barrett’s unusual blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Petit Verdot, Petite Sirah, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot takes the taste buds on the wildest roller-coaster rides, presenting alternating flavors of red currant, plum, berry, grapefruit, curry, and pepper, to name but a few. ($75)

VINEYARD SEVEN AND EIGHT 2009 ESTATE CABERNET SAUVIGNON
With its emphasis on structure, this towering red from the top of Napa Valley’s Spring Mountain engages the intellect yet, at the same time, satisfies the senses with aromas and flavors of blueberry, root beer, mushroom, and earth. ($125)

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