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It’s a long way from Paso Robles to Southern France but catching up with wine reviews takes us from the west coast to the languedoc. It’s worth the trip no matter which direction you travel.

derby-wine-estates-implico-bordeaux-blend-paso-robles-usa-10505904Derby Wine Estates 2007 Implico – This is a wonderful Paso Robles blend of 61 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 18 percent Merlot, 15 percent Cabernet Franc and 6 percent Petit Verdot.

Small production, oak aged, and a beautiful representation of California’s fastest growing wine region is just a good start. I really liked this wine.

It was big, rich, and everything I want from California wine. It had red fruit and the leather/tobacco components of delightful big red wine. There is a delightfuly hint of vanilla from the oak aging. It had muscle without being overpowering.

This wine would work with beef or hearty winter stews.

Derbu 2007 Implico – This vintage is largely sold out. The last few vintages are sold out. The 2010 is available at $32. I’d call it a bargain at the price. Highly Recommended!

domaine-gilles-troullier-l-imprevue-vin-de-pays-des-cotes-catalanes-france-10441249 - CopyDomaine Gilles Troulilier 2006 – This is a Grenache-based wine that has the earthiness to make you think you’re drinking a blend with Carignan. That’s for the real Languedoc geeks out there. I’ll admit, I thought I was drinking the ancient, Southern France Carignan but what I learned about the wine is it is Grenache.

If you like earthy and big you’ll just love this wine. The 2006 is quite drinkable but would clearly age well.

Domaine Gilles 2006 Troulilier – I bought this on a flash site but can retail for up to $40. It’s a great, great representation of southern France wines. Highly Recommended.