Editor's Note: We'd be remiss if we didn't suggest of a Wine of the Week that wasn't Fourth of July friendly, and this pick by Chiara Shannon hits on every level. It's affordable (check). It's barbecue friendly (check). And it has the lighter body and easy-drinking personality we crave on hot days (check). Want to know what it is? Read on.
Fans of the spectacular 2009 Beaujolais Crus, and anyone looking for an easy-drinking but complex wine for the upcoming holiday weekend, should not miss the charming Bourgogne Passetoutgrains "Cuvée Densité" from Domaine Stephane Magnien ($14.99). As the name "Cuvée Densité" suggests, this blend of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Gamay from Stephane Magnien* is denser and more complex than previous bottlings, really showing off the quality of the vintage. Alluring aromas of juicy black raspberry and earth spice sing from the glass. On the palate, Pinot's bright acidity and fine tannins frame the wine, while supple Gamay fleshes things out in all the right places. At only 11.5% ABV, this is exactly the kind of wine to serve at your next summertime soirée. We're invited, right?