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Wine of the Week: Alta Luna Rosso IGT

This is an interesting and unusual blend of northern Italian indigenous varieties (Teroldego and Lagrein) with classic Merlot. The result is a stunner of a wine that has tremendous staying power both in the glass and on the palate.

Wine of the Week: Petite Petit Red Wine

This is a seriously full-bodied wine comes in a chubby bottle with a colorful label full of circus elephants. Don’t be fooled: It’s a great effort from the savvy team at Michael David Vineyards.

Wine of the Week: Rocca delle Macie Campo Maccione

This wine is fairly mature for its relative youth, being from the 2008 vintage. I think that sangiovese-based wines will always be a little more rustic in character, but that makes them charming in their drinkability and distinctively Italian.

Wine of the Week: Beau-Rivage Bordeaux Blanc

Earlier this year, I hosted a contingent of Bordeaux winemakers in Las Vegas for a big tasting of the 2011 vintage. While the 2011s have been called “difficult” and “challenging” by many critics, including myself, the vintage now bottled and in the market is very charming and drinkable early for the light-bodied reds and superb for the whites.

Wine of the Week: Belle Ambiance Cabernet Sauvignon

This is part of a new lineup of wines coming from the highly innovative and productive grape-farming and growing Delicato Family Vineyards, which is meant to invoke the Belle Ambiance — meaning beautiful spot — also found among the vineyards of the family.