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"The Best of Each Varietal...
So Far in 1999"

  by Fred McMillin

 

White & Sparkling Wines

7th - Viognier by Smith & Hook, Arroyo Seco, '97, $18
6th - Pinot Gris by King Estate, Oregon, '97, $18
5th - Brut Champagne by Pol Roger, Epernay, France, (Importer: Wildman), NV, $34
4th - Late Harvest Riesling (dessert) by Renaissance, North Yuba, '93, $18 (375 ml.)
3rd   Sauvignon Blanc by Cakebread, Napa Valley, '97, $14 (pictured)
2nd - Late Harvest Chardonnay by Kendall-Jackson, California, '97, $40 (375 ml.)
Winner - Chardonnay Reserve (magnum) by Chateau St. Jean, Alexander Valley, Robert Young Vnyd., '94, $57

Reds

13th - Mourvedre (Mataro) by Sebastiani, '94, $15
12th - Barbera by Louis Martini, California, '92, $12
11th - Sangiovese Reserve by Atlas Peak, Napa Valley, '96, $30
10th - Merlot Reserve by Mirassou, Monterey County, '95, $18
9th - Petite Sirah Reserve by Field Stone, Alexander Vly., '95, $20
8th - Pinot Noir Reserve by King Estate, Oregon, '96, $35
7th - Zinfandel by Cakebread, Howell Mtn., Napa Vly., '94, $20 (pictured)
6th - Cabernet Franc by Preston, Columbia Vly., Wash., '95, $17
5th - Late Harvest Zinfandel by Rosenblum, Sonoma County, '94, $13 (375 ml.)
4th - Syrah Balmoral by Rosemount, Australia, '96, $40
2nd(tie) - Cabernet Sauvignon by Chateau Souverain, Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, '95, $16
2nd(tie) - Cabernet Sauvignon by Grgich Hills, Yountville Selection, Napa Valley, '94, $85
Winner - Langtry Meritage (blend) by Guenoc, California, '90, $79, the best wine tasted so far this year.
 

CakebreadComment:

Our WineDay list of Best Wines of 1998 included the following:

    a) The best white table wine was a Chardonnay.
    b) Tied for second best red were two Cabernets.
    c) The Best Red and Best Wine was a red blend. That's exactly what happened in the above listing as well. Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cab blends continue to be hard to beat.

 

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