Host's Guide Holiday 2012: Winter Vintages

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RIPE AND FRUITY
Archery Summit 2009 Arcus Estate Pinot Noir
Beckman 2009 Grenache Purisima Mountain Vineyard
Freeman 2010 Pinot Noir Keefer Ranch
Hundred Acre 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Ark Vineyard
JCB by Jean-Charles Boisset No. 3 Pinot Noir
Paul Jaboulet Ainée 2009 Hermitage La Chapelle
PharaohMoans 2010 Paso Robles West Side Red Wine
Pine Ridge 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Fortis
Promise 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

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