Wine Find: 2009 Carmenet Reserve Pinot Grigio

August 15, 2011|By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun

This wine came as a big surprise. Usually, a California pinot grigio is better at a year old than two. But this full-bodied white wine from Carmenet — a once-prestigious label that seems to be undergoing a revival — is surprisingly complex and outstanding for its type. It offers an appealing and mature mix of lemon, apple, honey and spice flavors — far beyond the typical, fairly neutral pinot grigio. This sleeper wine punches way above its weight class. Drink it up this year.

From: California

Price: $12

Serve with: Salmon, lobster, turkey

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