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by Fred McMillin
for January 2000

 

New Wines for a New Millennium

 

Whites (New Vintages and Some New Names)

There are plenty of vintage 1998 whites on the shelves now. Here are our top seven from a large, completely blind tasting.

7th - Sauvignon Blanc by Flora Springs, Napa Valley, $10
6th - Sauvignon Blanc by Chateau Julien, Monterey County, $10
5th - Chardonnay by Clos Du Bois, Sonoma County, $14
4th - Chardonnay by William Hill, Napa Valley, $15
3rd - Galilee 2000 (70 S. Blanc, 30 Semillon), Galilee Region, Israel, $8
2nd - Chardonnay by Farallon (Sebastiani), Central Coast, $10
Best - Sauvignon Blanc by Lockwood, Monterey County, $10.50

Reds (New Vintages and Some New Names)

Just as the 1998 whites are here, so are the 1997 reds coming out. Here are our recent best '97s plus a few new releases of other years.

10th - Beringer Nouveau, California, '99, $8
9th - Cabernet Sauvignon by Farallon, North Coast, '97, $10
8th - Nonno's Traditional by Delicato, California, '98, $6
7th - Millenium (sic) Zinfandel by Rosenblum, '97, $10
6th - Merlot by Jade Mountain, Napa Valley, '97, $34 (pictured)
5th - Merlot by Markham, Napa Valley, '97, $19
4th - Cabernet Sauvignon by Sterling, Napa Valley, '97, $22
3rd - Triune by Ironstone (interlocking bottles of Merlot and the two Cabs), California, '97, $50
2nd - Cabernet Sauvignon by Paradigm, Oakville, '96, $44
Best - Zinfandel by Blockheadia Ringnosii, Napa Valley, '97, $25
 


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