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By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,Sun Wine Critic | March 1, 2000
Cabernet sauvignon and merlot are the international red-wine stars from Bordeaux -- so well-known that millions of Americans can mispronounce them fluently. Transported to the New World, the two grape varieties have flourished. Go into any decent-sized American wine store, and your choice of merlots and cabernets could number in the hundreds. But cabernet sauvignon (pronounced cab-air-NAY SOH-vihn-yohn) and merlot (mer-LOH) are not the only grapes that play an important role in the blends that make up Bordeaux reds.
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August 20, 2013
From: South Mountain Vineyard, Maryland Price: $30 Serve with: Grilled meat, roast poultry, hard cheeses This is not only the greatest Maryland wine I've tasted in 30 years of sampling the home state product, it's the best red wine from the Eastern United States I've ever encountered. That's not just my view: Boordy's cab franc took Best of Show in the recent Eastern Seaboard Wine Association competition involving wineries from 12 states. This wine is as smooth, elegant and complex as a top-flight St. Emilion from France, but it has a character all its own. The black cherry flavors and herbal notes are penetrating and persistent.
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By Michael Dresser | September 29, 2004
2002 Folie a Deux Menage a Trois, California Red Table Wine ($12). Never tried a Menage a Trois? Maybe it's time. This mid-priced blend of three red varietals (hence the name) brings together cabernet franc, merlot and zinfandel in a lively Beaujolais-style wine. It displays vibrant flavors of black cherry, smoked meat and spices, with the aromatics of cabernet franc and the suppleness of merlot. Folie a Deux has also produced a white Menage a Trois - an unusual blend of muscat, chardonnay and chenin blanc - that is also a fine value at $12.
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November 23, 2012
The perfect wine for the holidays is champagne, the drink of celebration that celebrates life. Tis the season! What are you pouring this holiday? Here is what I suggest: Drink Champagne. It is the drink of celebration and it celebrates life. Lily Bollinger said it best: ""I only drink champagne when I'm happy and when I'm sad. Sometimes I drink it when I'm alone. When I have company I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I'm not in a hurry and drink it when I am, otherwise I never touch the stuff unless I am thirsty.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | November 20, 2012
This red wine made from Bordeaux grapes — cabernet sauvignon, merlot and cabernet franc — along with syrah has turned out to be a harmonious and complex blend at a very appealing price. It's a smooth, subtle and layered wine with flavors of black cherry, smoked meat, herbs and earth. It's at a good state of maturity now but will only get better over the next 5 to 10 years. From: Toscana, Italy Price: $17 Serve with: Pasta, beef, lamb
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By Michael Dresser | January 10, 2001
1997 Hahn Estates Meritage, Santa Lucia Highlands ($15). Meritage is a California-coined term for Bordeaux-style red blends based primarily on merlot, cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc. Many have lacked character, but this one is a vibrant example with more than a little Bordeaux character. It displays excellent balance, intense black cherry fruit and a lively acidity not often found in California reds. A little raw when first opened, it quickly settles into a state of exquisite smoothness.
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January 16, 1994
All wines were bought at Total Beverage in Alexandria, Va. Prices in Maryland may be higher.Reds* 1990 Montdomaine Cabernet Sauvignon, Monticello region ($13). Here is a serious wine -- one of the best reds produced in the East. It's packed with dense black cherry fruit and has terrific intensity and persistence on the palate. Its soft tannins could be deceptive. This wine has definite aging potential.* 1990 Montdomaine Heritage, Monticello region ($12). This blend of 45 percent cabernet franc, 35 percent merlot and 20 percent cabernet sauvignon is exuberantly flavorful, with flamboyant fruit flavors and the characteristic spiciness of the cabernet franc.
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November 23, 2012
The perfect wine for the holidays is champagne, the drink of celebration that celebrates life. Tis the season! What are you pouring this holiday? Here is what I suggest: Drink Champagne. It is the drink of celebration and it celebrates life. Lily Bollinger said it best: ""I only drink champagne when I'm happy and when I'm sad. Sometimes I drink it when I'm alone. When I have company I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I'm not in a hurry and drink it when I am, otherwise I never touch the stuff unless I am thirsty.
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By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,Sun Staff Writer | November 30, 1994
There is a worthy gentleman of my acquaintance who simply cannot abide California cabernet sauvignon.In his refined English drawing room voice, he recently explained to me that the cabernets of the Golden State are leaden in their crudity and molten in their alcoholic heat.No matter that some of these wines fetch $50-$100 a bottle. No matter that some of the leading proprietors in Bordeaux have set up shop in the Napa Valley. To my friend, even the greatest names in California cabernet cannot compare with a middling Bordeaux.
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August 20, 2013
From: South Mountain Vineyard, Maryland Price: $30 Serve with: Grilled meat, roast poultry, hard cheeses This is not only the greatest Maryland wine I've tasted in 30 years of sampling the home state product, it's the best red wine from the Eastern United States I've ever encountered. That's not just my view: Boordy's cab franc took Best of Show in the recent Eastern Seaboard Wine Association competition involving wineries from 12 states. This wine is as smooth, elegant and complex as a top-flight St. Emilion from France, but it has a character all its own. The black cherry flavors and herbal notes are penetrating and persistent.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | November 20, 2012
This red wine made from Bordeaux grapes — cabernet sauvignon, merlot and cabernet franc — along with syrah has turned out to be a harmonious and complex blend at a very appealing price. It's a smooth, subtle and layered wine with flavors of black cherry, smoked meat, herbs and earth. It's at a good state of maturity now but will only get better over the next 5 to 10 years. From: Toscana, Italy Price: $17 Serve with: Pasta, beef, lamb
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By Michael Dresser | May 11, 2005
2003 Waterbrook Melange, Columbia Valley ($16). This harmonious red blend from Washington state combines cabernet sauvignon, sangiovese, merlot and cabernet franc. The result is a medium- to full-bodied wine with excellent grip and length. Flavors include blackberry, black cherry, chocolate and herbs. While this is accessible now, it has the structure to develop for the next three to five years - at least. It would go well with a wide range of red meat and pasta dishes. - Michael Dresser
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By Michael Dresser | January 10, 2001
1997 Hahn Estates Meritage, Santa Lucia Highlands ($15). Meritage is a California-coined term for Bordeaux-style red blends based primarily on merlot, cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc. Many have lacked character, but this one is a vibrant example with more than a little Bordeaux character. It displays excellent balance, intense black cherry fruit and a lively acidity not often found in California reds. A little raw when first opened, it quickly settles into a state of exquisite smoothness.
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By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,Sun Wine Critic | March 1, 2000
Cabernet sauvignon and merlot are the international red-wine stars from Bordeaux -- so well-known that millions of Americans can mispronounce them fluently. Transported to the New World, the two grape varieties have flourished. Go into any decent-sized American wine store, and your choice of merlots and cabernets could number in the hundreds. But cabernet sauvignon (pronounced cab-air-NAY SOH-vihn-yohn) and merlot (mer-LOH) are not the only grapes that play an important role in the blends that make up Bordeaux reds.
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By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,Sun Staff Writer | November 30, 1994
There is a worthy gentleman of my acquaintance who simply cannot abide California cabernet sauvignon.In his refined English drawing room voice, he recently explained to me that the cabernets of the Golden State are leaden in their crudity and molten in their alcoholic heat.No matter that some of these wines fetch $50-$100 a bottle. No matter that some of the leading proprietors in Bordeaux have set up shop in the Napa Valley. To my friend, even the greatest names in California cabernet cannot compare with a middling Bordeaux.
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January 16, 1994
All wines were bought at Total Beverage in Alexandria, Va. Prices in Maryland may be higher.Reds* 1990 Montdomaine Cabernet Sauvignon, Monticello region ($13). Here is a serious wine -- one of the best reds produced in the East. It's packed with dense black cherry fruit and has terrific intensity and persistence on the palate. Its soft tannins could be deceptive. This wine has definite aging potential.* 1990 Montdomaine Heritage, Monticello region ($12). This blend of 45 percent cabernet franc, 35 percent merlot and 20 percent cabernet sauvignon is exuberantly flavorful, with flamboyant fruit flavors and the characteristic spiciness of the cabernet franc.
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