by Fred McMillin
for December 10, 1997
Prologue: "The most important event at Concannon this decade occurred in the spring of 1992; energetic, savvy Tom Lane took over the winemaking."
...from WineDay, March 14, 1997 by Fred McMillin
The Rest of the Story: No way, Jose! Wine Q didn't have a chance of winning the last blind tasting. There were 19 competitors, six of which were more expensive, including some fine French bottles. Yet Wine Q DID win substantially, getting 12% more votes than the second best of the tasting, a big-name, $28 Cab. Not only that, my 16-member consumers' panel gave it the highest rating of any Meritage (California blend of Bordeaux varietals) wine they've tasted this year.
Tom Lane made Wine Q, and here's how he did it, in his own words. "From a week of blending, this bottling came forth. Cabernet Sauvignon from just outside the tasting room supplied the base for our blend. For spice, body and complexity, eight additional vineyard lots were squeezed in, including a dash of Reserve 1992 mellowed Cabernet Franc, and a skosh of fruity, new 1994 Merlot."
Postscript: About Tom's touch, last year his wines won an astonishing ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY FOUR awards. Little wonder that L.A. Times authority Dan Berger selected Tom as the Winemaker of the Year.
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