Bradley Ogden loves artisanal American food products and is just as keen on artisanal wines. Here are a few releases lovingly crafted by some of the country’s most dedicated winemakers.
Beckmen Vineyards Estate Sauvignon Blanc Santa Ynez Valley 2002 ($12)
Delicious grapefruit and racy acidity characterize this fresh and peachy Santa Barbara Sauvignon.
Macari Vineyards Estate Merlot North Fork of Long Island 2001 ($15)
Smooth and deep with lovely black-raspberry and oak flavors; from an appellation called “the Médoc of the mid-Atlantic.”
Richard Longoria Wines Syrah Santa Barbara 2001 ($22)
Dark and structured with fat, ripe plum and blackberry fruit.
Girard Winery Zinfandel Napa Valley 2001 ($24)
A fleshy and dense Zin with a luscious and juicy finish.
Landmark Vineyards Overlook Chardonnay 78% Sonoma 22% Monterey 2001 ($25)
Blends an “overlook” of vineyards; smooth and lush with bright acidity.
Truchard Chardonnay Carneros 2001 ($30)
Sweet oak and toasty notes round out the lovely fruit in this long, balanced wine.
Campion Pinot Noir Edna Valley 2001 ($32)
Bright and vibrant with snappy cherry and intriguing herb flavors.
L’Ecole No. 41 Merlot Seven Hills Vineyard Walla Walla Valley 2001 ($40)
Another Washington State Merlot success; crisp, racy, and complex, with lovely plum fruit and a nice balance.
Regusci Winery Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District Napa Valley 2000 ($48)
Clean, intense plum and black-raspberry fruit backed with great acid structure; a classic.