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Château La Rame

Château La Rame from Bordeaux.  

Editor’s note: Today we begin a new weekly feature provided by Compline Wine Bar, Restaurant, and Merchant in Napa. When Ryan Stetins and Matt Stamp, opened Compline last fall, both brought credentials and experience from places like The French Laundry and Charlie Trotter’s restaurants, their goal was to bring “new finds, new grapes, and new experiences to our little corner of the world,” Stamp said.

In a recent conversation, Stetins put it this way, “We want to bring wine off the pedestal and onto the table.”

With that comment, an idea was born, and Stetins and Stamp have agreed to come up with a wine each week that Register readers might never have heard of, but just might like to try.

The wines will be available at Compline, 1300 First St., Napa. It’s set back off First Street in the new complex of buildings near and slightly behind the Archer Hotel. More information about Compline is online at complinewine.com. — Sasha Paulsen Take wine off the pedestal and put it on the table!

Merlot gets trounced these days, but it’s the most-planted grape in Bordeaux and a key component of its greatest red wines. Château La Rame has been winning awards for its red wines for over a century, and this Bordeaux Rouge, made from 30-year-old Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon vines, is a great example of its style.

Unlike most Bordeaux wines, you don’t have to sit on it for years: fire up the grill and pop the cork! Medium-bodied, plummy, and savory, with enough tannin to play nice with New York strip steak.

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