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What is Leslie Drinking? | Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir

Wines 10.21.14

 

2012 Sparkman “Lumière” Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, Washington ($30)
This is Chardonnay for lovers of the good stuff combining a touch of creamy complexity with a kick of sassy acidity. (Think of biting into delicious piece of lemon meringue pie and you’ll know what I mean.) Fleshy yet fresh, it’s a white that makes you want to drink the whole bottle by yourself. As the family-owned, unique boutique winery recommends, “This is best with pieces of Dungeness crab on your face and lemon butter dripping off your chin.” Sounds like the perfect pairing, n’est pas?

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2011 Maquis Cabernet Sauvignon, Colchagua Valley, Chile ($19)
Cabernet Sauvignon with an elegant side describes this Chilean version. The Hurtado family has owned the property for more than a century but only began making wine from the vineyards in the past few decades. It’s paid off with the range of well-priced, classic bottlings from Cabernet to Carmenere. Give them all a try including their delicious Malbec rosé.

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2012 Light Horse Pinot Noir, California ($15)
It’s a challenge to find good value Pinot Noirs, but this is one of the best values on the market. The Light Horse is well made, well priced and to that I say, “well done.” With characteristic Pinot aromas of floral and spice, along with flavors of red berries and a silky texture, this is a wine you’ll want to drink any day with just about any dish.


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2012 Reata “Three County” Pinot Noir, California ($35)
Reata comes from the Spanish word for lariat and symbolizes the uniqueness of each handcrafted wine in their portfolio. This Pinot Noir is a powerful blend of grapes from three California counties, Sonoma, Monterey and San Benito. The aromas are reminiscent of dark berry fruit with a hint of vanilla and spice. Tannins are well balanced and smooth giving the wine an overall sleek texture. It’s class in a glass.

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