Wines to toast the class of 2012

2008 Antinori Solaia. 2008 Antinori Solaia. Photo Credit: Handout

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As this year's graduates prepare for the job market and other adventures, toasts are in order. Here's to the class of 2012.

BA -- 2010 Talbott Sleepy Hollow Vineyard Chardonnay

($40), bright, peachy, with a haunting suggestion of citrus

BS -- 2008 Clos Pegase Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($48), smooth, precise

MA -- 2010 Two Hands Gnarly Dudes Shiraz

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($40), a big, ripe red named for the vines that yielded the grapes

ME -- 2008 Chanson Clos des Mouches 1er Cru ($110), a masterfully engineered, minerally, pale gold Burgundy

MFA -- 2009 Gary Farrell Russian River Pinot Noir ($42), an artfully constructed work with deep red fruit

MBA -- 2009 Shafer Merlot ($48), red and black fruit in harmony for a profitable return

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MS -- 2007 Marchesi de Frescobaldi CastelGiocondo Brunello di Montalcino ($69), solid structure, ruby hue, hint of pepper

MSW -- 2006 Duckhorn Napa Valley Three Palms Vineyard Merlot ($85), generous, earthy, robust, full of red fruit and spice

JD -- 2008 Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

($115), a judicious choice, in blackberry; rich, with just enough acidity

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DD -- 2009 Goldeneye Ten Degrees Pinot Noir ($110), a heavenly, opulent, fruity-floral, cherry-driven beauty

MD -- 2008 Joseph Drouhin Puligny-Montrachet Pucelles ($172), a white Burgundy with great finesse, surgical precision, intensity

PhD -- 2008 Antinori Solaia ($325), a superstar "Super Tuscan" blend, primarily cabernet sauvignon; deep, with a decade-plus ahead of it

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