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By Michael Dresser | December 28, 1994
This medium-bodied wine has heavyweight intensity in its pure pinot noir character -- black cherry and herbs. It's not a blockbuster pinot noir, but it's faithful to the idea of fine Burgundy, and it's a fine choice to serve with roast chicken or turkey.
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November 5, 2013
From: Carneros, Calif. Price: $25 Serve with: Roast turkey, duck, grilled tuna There's a real depth of flavor behind the soft, lush texture of this well-made Carneros red wine. It shows elements of black cherry and cassis, along with an appealing earthiness. It would be an excellent accompaniment to the Thanksgiving turkey, and its has the guts and concentration to stand up to the array of traditional dishes for that feast. --- Michael Dresser  
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By MICHAEL DRESSER | July 5, 2006
It's pricey, but this is also one of the best, most Alsace-like California pinot gris wines I've tasted. It's ripe, lush and complex -- giving an impression of sweetness while being actually quite dry. The flavors are an appealing mix of lemon, mint, melon, pear and tropical spices. The texture, intensity and finish make it worth the money. Serve with: salmon, turkey
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By [Michael Dresser] | June 20, 2007
From: Carneros region, California Price: $24 Serve with: Roast turkey, salmon or poultry in a cream sauce This dry white wine from Carneros, the cool region just north of the San Francisco Bay, is exceptional in its concentration, complexity, intensity and similarity to some of the finest wines of France's Alsace region. It shows a distinct flavor of peaches and pears, seasoned with a potpourri of spices - including clove, cinammon and nutmeg. Its texture is creamy and smooth, and its finish is long and elegant.
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By [Michael Dresser] | June 20, 2007
From: Carneros region, California Price: $24 Serve with: Roast turkey, salmon or poultry in a cream sauce This dry white wine from Carneros, the cool region just north of the San Francisco Bay, is exceptional in its concentration, complexity, intensity and similarity to some of the finest wines of France's Alsace region. It shows a distinct flavor of peaches and pears, seasoned with a potpourri of spices - including clove, cinammon and nutmeg. Its texture is creamy and smooth, and its finish is long and elegant.
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November 5, 2013
From: Carneros, Calif. Price: $25 Serve with: Roast turkey, duck, grilled tuna There's a real depth of flavor behind the soft, lush texture of this well-made Carneros red wine. It shows elements of black cherry and cassis, along with an appealing earthiness. It would be an excellent accompaniment to the Thanksgiving turkey, and its has the guts and concentration to stand up to the array of traditional dishes for that feast. --- Michael Dresser  
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By Michael Dresser | July 13, 1997
1995 Mont St. John Carneros Pinot Noir ($16).This red wine is organically grown, but don't hold that little dollop of political correctness against it. It's a fabulous pinot noir, with intense flavors reminiscent of the grape's native Burgundy. Its color is light, but the wine has plenty of body and excellent length and grip, plus a measure of black raspberry flavor. It would hold its own with many $40 Burgundies.Pub Date: 7/13/97
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By Michael Dresser | November 9, 1997
1996 Saintsbury Garnet Carneros Pinot Noir ($14).This junior member of the Saintsbury pinot noir team has emerged as one of California's most reliable names in pinot noir. Year in and year out -- and 1996 is no different -- it offers lively, bright, black cherry fruit in a medium-light package. It has the Burgundian spirit, though not the exact flavors of fine Burgundy. Try it with grilled chicken or tuna.Pub Date: 11/9/97
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By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,SUN WINE CRITIC | May 25, 1997
The 1990 Chateau Petrus is a magnificent red wine, as the famous Bordeaux's $600-a-bottle price tag will attest. The 1995 Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Montrachet is just as fabulous and expensive a white wine.1995 McDowell Grenache Rose, Mendocino County ($9). Ditto.Reds1995 Acacia Pinot Noir, Carneros ($19). This voluptuous wine is medium- to full-bodied with fragrant floral aromas and intense black cherry fruit of stunning purity and persistence on the palate. Here's a delicious match for a grilled steak.
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By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,SUN WINE CRITIC | March 15, 1998
Sometimes life actually does get better in America. Sometimes now is clearly superior to then. Sometimes progress doesn't exact a horrific price.Consider beer. A decade ago, foreigners pitied us and our bland national brands. Now it seems that every county seat has a microbrewery that puts the Bavarians to shame.Consider cars. Fifteen years ago, you bought an American automobile as a patriotic sacrifice. Now you buy them because they're well-made.In the world of wine, consider California pinot noir.
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By MICHAEL DRESSER | July 5, 2006
It's pricey, but this is also one of the best, most Alsace-like California pinot gris wines I've tasted. It's ripe, lush and complex -- giving an impression of sweetness while being actually quite dry. The flavors are an appealing mix of lemon, mint, melon, pear and tropical spices. The texture, intensity and finish make it worth the money. Serve with: salmon, turkey
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By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,SUN WINE CRITIC | October 7, 1998
After the cold winds off the Pacific rush through the Golden Gate into the San Francisco Bay, many of the gusts take a left at Alcatraz and swoop behind California's Marin County and into the San Pablo Bay.The place these winds make landfall is called Carneros - a scenic land of rolling hills that straddles the line between Napa and Sonoma counties.For more than a century, this district was prime grazing land, but in recent decades cows have gradually been replaced with grapevines.Drawn by the breezes that keep the area far cooler than the nearby Napa and Sonoma valleys, dozens of California vintners have planted vines in Carneros.
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By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,SUN WINE CRITIC | March 15, 1998
Sometimes life actually does get better in America. Sometimes now is clearly superior to then. Sometimes progress doesn't exact a horrific price.Consider beer. A decade ago, foreigners pitied us and our bland national brands. Now it seems that every county seat has a microbrewery that puts the Bavarians to shame.Consider cars. Fifteen years ago, you bought an American automobile as a patriotic sacrifice. Now you buy them because they're well-made.In the world of wine, consider California pinot noir.
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By Michael Dresser | November 9, 1997
1996 Saintsbury Garnet Carneros Pinot Noir ($14).This junior member of the Saintsbury pinot noir team has emerged as one of California's most reliable names in pinot noir. Year in and year out -- and 1996 is no different -- it offers lively, bright, black cherry fruit in a medium-light package. It has the Burgundian spirit, though not the exact flavors of fine Burgundy. Try it with grilled chicken or tuna.Pub Date: 11/9/97
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By Michael Dresser | July 13, 1997
1995 Mont St. John Carneros Pinot Noir ($16).This red wine is organically grown, but don't hold that little dollop of political correctness against it. It's a fabulous pinot noir, with intense flavors reminiscent of the grape's native Burgundy. Its color is light, but the wine has plenty of body and excellent length and grip, plus a measure of black raspberry flavor. It would hold its own with many $40 Burgundies.Pub Date: 7/13/97
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By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,SUN WINE CRITIC | May 25, 1997
The 1990 Chateau Petrus is a magnificent red wine, as the famous Bordeaux's $600-a-bottle price tag will attest. The 1995 Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Montrachet is just as fabulous and expensive a white wine.1995 McDowell Grenache Rose, Mendocino County ($9). Ditto.Reds1995 Acacia Pinot Noir, Carneros ($19). This voluptuous wine is medium- to full-bodied with fragrant floral aromas and intense black cherry fruit of stunning purity and persistence on the palate. Here's a delicious match for a grilled steak.
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By MICHAEL DRESSER | October 18, 1995
This elegant, medium-bodied chardonnay with a light kiss of oak bears a strong resemblance to a top-notch Macon-Villages or Pouilly-Fuisse. There's fine appley, nutty flavor and a pleasant toastiness. It's not a thick, booming California chardonnay, but rather a wine with elegance and finesse at a most attractive price. These Healdsburg wines breeze in and out of the market quickly because quantities are small and the values are excellent.
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By MICHAEL DRESSER | October 18, 1995
This elegant, medium-bodied chardonnay with a light kiss of oak bears a strong resemblance to a top-notch Macon-Villages or Pouilly-Fuisse. There's fine appley, nutty flavor and a pleasant toastiness. It's not a thick, booming California chardonnay, but rather a wine with elegance and finesse at a most attractive price. These Healdsburg wines breeze in and out of the market quickly because quantities are small and the values are excellent.
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