What a great surprise: the best of the Old World and the New World in this wine. In the aroma there is earth, vines and fruit. Plenty of acidity on the palate, along with restrained fruit. Body enough to be New World, but classic elements from the Old – good structure, not too fruity, and a long finish. Made by one of the best California sparkling wine companies, only 1,300 cases this year. Pair with filet mignon or other mild meats and cheeses. Highly recommended — BSE

WHO: Freixenet USA
WHAT: Pinot noir
WHERE: Carneros, California, US
HOW MUCH: $41 (media sample)

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Becky Sue Epstein

An experienced writer, editor, broadcaster, and consultant in the fields of wine, spirits, food, and travel, Becky Sue's work has appeared in many national and international publications including Intermezzo Magazine, Fine Wine & Liquor, Art & Antiques, Luxury Golf & Travel, Food + Wine, www.wine-pages.com and Wine Spectator. She began her career as a restaurant reviewer for the Los Angeles Times while working in film and television. Epstein is also the author of several books on wine, spirits, and food, including Champagne: A Global History; Brandy: A Global History, and Strong, Sweet and Dry: A Guide to Vermouth, Port, Sherry, Madeira, and Marsala.

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