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by Fred McMillin
This Blanc Is Back
Three years ago, Gary Heck, owner of Korbel and Kenwood Vineyards, bought the Valley of the Moon Winery, as well as 60 acres of vineyards attached to it. He has retained the splendid name, and spent a fortune [$13 million] upgrading the property. The first releases have been good, including the 1996 Pinot Blanc, a firm wine with notes of apple, pear and hazelnut.
...1999 editions of Stephen Brook's Wine of California and James Laube's California Wine.
The Rest of the Story
We reviewed that 1996 Pinot Blanc in the Oct. 7, 1998 WineDay titled, "A New Moon'. We found it fit San Francisco critic Gerald Boyd's characterization of a good Pinot Blanc: "Richly structured, often made like Chardonnay, with spicy, creamy, oaky charm." Gary's second vintage, the 1997, is our...
Wine of the Day
Valley of the Moon 100% Pinot Blanc, 1997
Food Affinities—Pour with firmly-flavored fowl and fish dishes. My wife made a salmon souffle to enjoy with it.
Contact—Margie Healy, (707)824-7715, FAX (707)996-5809
Volume 18, Number 1 of the American Journal of Enology contains a paper on Pinot Blanc PROANTHOCYANIDINS??? Just thought you'd want to know. (They're a category of tannins.)
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