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By Michael Dresser | April 13, 1997
1995 Anapamu Central Coast Chardonnay ($9). This toasty, well-balanced California chardonnay performs well ahead of its price class, offering surprising richness and subtle hints of green apple. Many $15 chardonnays can't match it. This unfamiliar label appears to be one to watch.Pub date: 4/13/97
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August 7, 2013
From: Central Coast, Calif. Price: $15 Serve with: Grilled seafood This is a substantial, well-crafted dry white wine that offers a lot of complexity. This full-bodied sauvignon blanc displays flavors of figs, mint, lime, pears and herbs. With its intensity and long finish, it certainly punches above its weight class. -- Michael Dresser
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By Michael Dresser | August 23, 1995
This fruity, appley chardonnay with scads of in-your-face sweet oak is hardly subtle, but the flavors are fresh and breezy. The slight hint of mint underscores that it's not a Burgundy, but classic form can be overrated. This is simply a very well-made chardonnay at an attractive price.
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June 19, 2013
From: Central Coast, Calif. Price: $15 Serve with: Red meat, especially with raspberry sauce The GSM stands for grenache, syrah and mourvedre - the three classic Rhone Valley grapes that go into this exceptional red blend. The wine is extremely fruity and smooth, with deep flavor of raspberries and Chambord liqueur. It's one of those dry wines that gives the impression of sweetness through its sheer abundance of fruit. It's penetrating, intense and finishes with fine acidity.
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By Michael Dresser | January 17, 2007
2005 Cycles Gladiator Central Coast Chardonnay ($10) Finding a well-made California chardonnay around this price is always a welcome surprise. This wine shows an excellent balance of fruit and oak, with flavors of lemon, apple and nuts. It has a breezy acidity that often is characteristic of Central Coast fruit. We're not talking layers of complexity here, but it's a solid value at this price. Serve with salmon, swordfish or ham.
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By Michael Dresser | February 14, 2001
1999 Cinnabar "Quicksilver" Central Coast Chardonnay ($17.50). This well-balanced, toasty, full-bodied chardonnay would be an ideal companion to a salmon fillet in a rich cream sauce. It offers impressive apple, melon and lemon flavors with a well-calibrated touch of oak. The texture is soft and creamy upfront, but it finishes with good acidity. This wine is a blend of juice from three vineyard sites in California's Central Coast region, an area that is showing considerable strength in chardonnay.
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By MICHAEL DRESSER | June 30, 1999
1997 Mirassou Cabernet Sauvignon, Central Coast ($12).This was a big surprise. I've never been a big fan of Mirassou, but this cabernet is a real sleeper. It offers intense black cherry fruit with notes of chocolate, blackberry and herbs -- with none of the green pepper that can creep into Central Coast reds. It's quite accessible now, but has the structure to age well. The length of the finish is impressive. This will hold its own with many $25 California cabernets.Pub Date: 06/30/99
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By Michael Dresser | February 11, 2004
2002 Hahn Estates Meritage, Red Table Wine, Central Coast ($20). Priced out of Napa Valley cabernet sauvignon and merlot? This Central Coast red wine, a blend of those two and other Bordeaux grapes, delivers the quality and complexity wine drinkers expect from $40 Napa reds at half the price. It offers lush black-cherry, spice and herb flavors and a satisfying finish. There are echoes of a Margaux (the French village, not the chateau) style, but the plumpness is pure California. The fruit dominates, but there's a good tannic backbone here that will ensure graceful aging.
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August 7, 2013
From: Central Coast, Calif. Price: $15 Serve with: Grilled seafood This is a substantial, well-crafted dry white wine that offers a lot of complexity. This full-bodied sauvignon blanc displays flavors of figs, mint, lime, pears and herbs. With its intensity and long finish, it certainly punches above its weight class. -- Michael Dresser
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June 19, 2013
From: Central Coast, Calif. Price: $15 Serve with: Red meat, especially with raspberry sauce The GSM stands for grenache, syrah and mourvedre - the three classic Rhone Valley grapes that go into this exceptional red blend. The wine is extremely fruity and smooth, with deep flavor of raspberries and Chambord liqueur. It's one of those dry wines that gives the impression of sweetness through its sheer abundance of fruit. It's penetrating, intense and finishes with fine acidity.
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Sports on TV | March 8, 2013
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | October 26, 2012
This lush, smooth blend the five traditional Bordeaux grapes — with cabernet sauvignon in the starring role and merlot as its sidekick — plays above its pay grade. Very accessible for a young red wine, it offers ample black cherry, blackberry and raspberry fruit. It has all the elegance and class of many of its pricey Napa Valley peers. From: Central Coast Price: $18 Serve with: Fine cuts of lamb, beef
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By Michael Dresser | January 17, 2007
2005 Cycles Gladiator Central Coast Chardonnay ($10) Finding a well-made California chardonnay around this price is always a welcome surprise. This wine shows an excellent balance of fruit and oak, with flavors of lemon, apple and nuts. It has a breezy acidity that often is characteristic of Central Coast fruit. We're not talking layers of complexity here, but it's a solid value at this price. Serve with salmon, swordfish or ham.
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By Michael Dresser | February 11, 2004
2002 Hahn Estates Meritage, Red Table Wine, Central Coast ($20). Priced out of Napa Valley cabernet sauvignon and merlot? This Central Coast red wine, a blend of those two and other Bordeaux grapes, delivers the quality and complexity wine drinkers expect from $40 Napa reds at half the price. It offers lush black-cherry, spice and herb flavors and a satisfying finish. There are echoes of a Margaux (the French village, not the chateau) style, but the plumpness is pure California. The fruit dominates, but there's a good tannic backbone here that will ensure graceful aging.
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By Michael Dresser | February 14, 2001
1999 Cinnabar "Quicksilver" Central Coast Chardonnay ($17.50). This well-balanced, toasty, full-bodied chardonnay would be an ideal companion to a salmon fillet in a rich cream sauce. It offers impressive apple, melon and lemon flavors with a well-calibrated touch of oak. The texture is soft and creamy upfront, but it finishes with good acidity. This wine is a blend of juice from three vineyard sites in California's Central Coast region, an area that is showing considerable strength in chardonnay.
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By MICHAEL DRESSER | June 30, 1999
1997 Mirassou Cabernet Sauvignon, Central Coast ($12).This was a big surprise. I've never been a big fan of Mirassou, but this cabernet is a real sleeper. It offers intense black cherry fruit with notes of chocolate, blackberry and herbs -- with none of the green pepper that can creep into Central Coast reds. It's quite accessible now, but has the structure to age well. The length of the finish is impressive. This will hold its own with many $25 California cabernets.Pub Date: 06/30/99
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | October 26, 2012
This lush, smooth blend the five traditional Bordeaux grapes — with cabernet sauvignon in the starring role and merlot as its sidekick — plays above its pay grade. Very accessible for a young red wine, it offers ample black cherry, blackberry and raspberry fruit. It has all the elegance and class of many of its pricey Napa Valley peers. From: Central Coast Price: $18 Serve with: Fine cuts of lamb, beef
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By Michael Dresser | April 13, 1997
1995 Anapamu Central Coast Chardonnay ($9). This toasty, well-balanced California chardonnay performs well ahead of its price class, offering surprising richness and subtle hints of green apple. Many $15 chardonnays can't match it. This unfamiliar label appears to be one to watch.Pub date: 4/13/97
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