2010 Sebastien Riffault 2010 ‘Raudonas,’ Sury-En-Vaux, Sancerre, France

“Raudonas” means “red” in Lithuanian, and what more could you want out of a shockingly easy to drink pinot noir? Vibrantly expressive in the mouth with hints of cherry, exotic spice, and baked fruit. Elegant structure coupled with judicious country terroir in the nose. Savor every sip – red wines aren’t common in Sancerre, though this one makes you question why. It’s hardly a “textbook” wine from the region or its surrounding constituencies, but does that really matter if it reflects time and place?

MSRP: N/A (September 2011)
Wine Lines Rating: 91

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