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In celebration of the most exhilarating Masters tournament in years, it felt only fitting to open a former Wine of the Year, the 1999 E. Guigal Châteauneuf-du-Pape, with just the right amount of age, ripe from the cellar.  The wine was released in 2002 in high volume, at a modest price of $30, taking Wine Spectator’s top honors.  It packs a combination of supple cherry fruit and herbal spice with approximately 10% more Syrah than its later vintages. The 70% Grenache blends to deliver balance, harmony, and a smooth finish.  This Châteauneuf-du-Pape settles into the glass with gorgeous vibrant reds, and an amber edge, and fills your nose with ripe plum fruit, pepper, even subtle hints of tobacco. It’s ready to drink and pair with the highest of achievements, whether it be a victorious Green Jacket, or to enjoy alongside an elegant dinner with bold red meats, and game birds. Enough said; I’ll let the wine do the talking. – JT

1999 E. GUIGAL Châteauneuf-du-Pape

SCORE: 92

Related scores: WS-93 (#1 on Top 100 of 2002), RP-90
Current market price: $65

Recommended food pairing:
Roasted Quail stuffed with Fresh Figs & Prosciutto
(recipe inspired by renowned French chef, Daniel Boulud)
http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/quail-stuffed-with-fresh-figs-and-prosciutto
FigStuffedQuailProsc

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