France's Loire Valley, a long, sprawling region with myriad grape varieties and appellations, has been as inconsistent in recent vintages as it is diverse. Each of the trio of vintages that followed the excellent 2005 harvest offers only pockets of success. Thankfully, the strong 2009 vintage is waiting in the wings.
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