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by Fred McMillin
A Remarkable Man, A Remarkable Wine
Born in Columbia.
Jan's wines receive critical praise within a few years. For example, take the 1989 Merlot. The San Francisco Examiner's Jim Wood called it "an exceptionally fine wine." The distinguished Anthony Dias Blue found "bright cherry fruit with lovely balance; elegant and complex." My hard-bitten Scott's Panel just tasted the 1996...
1996 Merlot, Carneros, Napa Valley
I stole the "meteoric" phrase from none other than Jan Shrem, who some years ago wrote me: "In the short time I have known you, I have witnessed your meteoric rise as a wine historian and lecturer." Since flattery will get you everywhere, I did recuse myself from this Merlot balloting.
Credits—Much of the biographical information is from "The Wine Atlas of California," by J. Halliday.
Note—For more about the winery, see the June 11, 1997 WineDay titled," The Day Pegase Beat the French."
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