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by Fred McMillin
Do Old Vines
|Rank||Vine Age||Winery, Etc.|
|11th||-||OLD||Syrah, Meridian, Paso Robles, 1998, $15|
|10th||-||OLD||Palaterra Rhone Blend, Spencer & Roloson, California, 1999, $16|
|9th||-||OLD||Chardonnay, Cinnabar, Santa Cruz Mountains, 1999, $25|
|8th||-||OLD||Pinot Gris, Trimbach, Alsace, 1997, $28|
|7th||-||OLD||Chardonnay, Chateau St. Jean, Alexander Valley, Belle Terra Vineyard, 2000, $24|
|6th||-||OLD||Syrah, McDowell, McDowell Valley, 1998, $24|
|5th||-||YOUNG||Syrah, J.J. McHale, Clear Lake, 1999, $29|
|4th||-||OLD||Old-Vine Zinfandel, Lake Sonoma Cellars, Dry Creek Valley, 1999, $20|
|3rd||-||OLD||Syrah, Meador Maverick, Monterey County, 1998, $50|
|2nd||-||YOUNG||Pinot Noir, Sanford, Santa Barbara County, La Rinconada Vineyard, 1999, $50|
|1st||-||OLD||Zinfandel, Folie à Deux, Amador County, Harvey Vineyard, 1998, $28|
What Did We Learn?
The old-vine wines won nine of eleven matches.
About the Writer
Fred McMillin, a veteran wine writer, has taught wine history for 30 years on three continents. For information about the wine courses he teaches every month at either San Francisco State University or San Francisco City College (Fort Mason Division), please fax him at (415) 567-4468.
This page created February 2003