2012 Habit Wine Company Red: Jeff Fischer started out as a garagiste and still makes a small amount of wine to which he pays very keen attention.

Take this lush Bordeaux blend (43 percent cabernet franc, 34 percent merlot, 16 percent cabernet sauvignon, 4 percent petit verdot), with fruit from prime sites like McGinley, Curtis, and Grassini vineyards. Fischer almost stopped making this wine as he’s had trouble accessing enough cab franc for both this and his varietal bottling, but the entreaties of many, especially his wife, made him continue. Lucky us.

Rich in raspberry, the wine is a pretty, integrated package of some new French oak, good acid, and enough tannin to taste but not chew — in short, a Bordeaux blend that will earn compliments and help the meal earn some, too. A well-roasted bird might work, given this time of year, let alone something meatier.

See habitwine.com.


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