Aside from small-batch open-top fermentation, Stewart also uses other traditional techniques such as cold pre-soaking and lees stirring to achieve classic Burgundian dimensions in his wines. La Crema’s crisp and lively 2000 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir has flavor complexity with good acidity and snappy fruit. The finish is long and balanced. This one will work from gobbler right through to cobbler.

BUYER’S GUIDE


BERINGER 1997 HOWELL MOUNTAIN MERLOT BANCROFT RANCH; www.beringer.com
Gorgeous and Intense
Preferable to cabernet with thanksgiving foods

BAROSSA VALLEY ESTATE 1999 SHIRAZ E&E “BLACK PEPPER”; www.bve.com.au
Dense and Spicy
great with nontraditional holiday foods, too

LA CREMA 2000 PINOT NOIR RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY; www.lacrema.com
Rich and Lively
Open the bottle at least one hour before dinner