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Forkmedia LLC

by Fred McMillin
for November 2000

Meador Estate

107. Expensive California Wines...
Is Napa Better?



The coastal wineries from Sonoma to Santa Barbara are turning out wines just as expensive as upper-tier Napa bottles. Napa has the greater prestige. Do the Napa wines actually taste better right now?

The Rest of the Story

To get an answer, we selected three Napa Cabs and three very popular Coastal reds to taste blind. The average price of each threesome was about $40.

I have the score written on each sack. We'll pull out the bottles one at a time and see what we find. The top bottle will be pulled last.

District The Wine
  Napa Costal  
6th   X Syrah, Meador, Monterey, "Maverick," '98, $50
5th X   Cabernet Sauvignon, Geyser Peak, Napa Valley, '97, $35
4th X   Cabernet Sauvignon, Corison, Napa Valley, '97, $50
3rd   X Syrah, Io, Santa Barbara County, '97, $40
2nd   X Cabernet Sauvignon, Kenwood, Jack London Vineyard, Sonoma Valley, '97, $35
1st X   Cabernet Sauvignon, Peju Province, Napa Valley, '97, $38


If I'm buying an expensive wine to drink soon, I won't hesitate to take a Coastal. They are competing well.

More important, ALL SIX of the above wines were rated EXCELLENT by my panel; Peju got a SUPER.


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