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Drinks: From Terlato Family Vineyards

Anthony Terlato is best known as the importer who brought Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio to innumerable wine lists and doubtless more homes. The brand and the grape have become synonymous. He imports the sensational wines of Angelo Gaja, too.

But Terlato also has built a reputation with the California wines that carry his name. Look for the "peak" series of Bordeaux-style, Napa Valley red blends and you'll see why.

These fruity, intense wines pay tribute to three wine-producing districts in Bordeaux.

To honor Pomerol, where the great wines of Château Pétrus are made, along with those of Certan de May and L'Eglise Clinet, among others, Terlato Family Vineyards fashions the 2007 Angels' Peak, a plummy ode to merlot that's velvety and luxurious.

Saint-Émilion, the neighboring bastion of cabernet franc where classic wines are made at Château Cheval Blanc and Château Ausone, gets its kudo from the 2007 Devils' Peak. It has a splash of merlot and cabernet sauvignon, and delivers a spirited, softer red with a trace of spice.

And Margaux, where the namesake chateau reigns along with beauties such as Brane-Cantenac and Palmer, is extolled via the 2007 Cardinals' Peak, made with cabernet sauvignon, plus some merlot, petit verdot and cabernet franc. It's generous and refined, with berry notes.

Each wine is $48. And each one will age gracefully for years.

From the Terlato American portfolio, other stellar wine labels include Chimney Rock and Episode from Napa; Rochioli, Iron Horse and Alderbrook from Sonoma; and Sanford from Santa Barbara.


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