by Fred McMillin
You may have heard of the tyranny of the 100% varietals and its claim of superiority.
My class in S.F.City College (Fort Mason Campus) has found some that overcome this tyranny...that is United They Stand.
Here they are:
Big House White Wine, Big House Wines (Octavin), California, 2009 $7
51% Malvasia Bianca, 14% Muscat Canelli, 13% Viognier,
10% Gruner Veltliner, 5% Pinot Gris, 4% White Riesling
White Table Wine, Bonterra Vineyards, Mendocino County, NV, $10
86% Chardonnay, 7% Marsanne, 3% Muscat, 3% Rousanne, 1% Viognier
Bordeaux Blend, Foggy Bridge Winery, Mendocino, 2005, $26
69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 4% Perdot
Que Sirah/Syrah, Silkwood Wines, Stanislaus County, NV, $30
60% Petite Sirah, 40% Syrah
The Mariner, Dry Creek Vineyards, Dry Creek Valley, 2006, $40
50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 8% Malbec,
6% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot
Lake William Blend, Jarvis Wines, Napa Valley, 2004, $75
49% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Cabernet Franc, 20% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot
Insignia, J. Phelps Vineyards, Napa Valley, 2007, $225
88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot. Scored 94!
When asked to name his best vintage, Richard Sanford of the Sanford Winery said with a twinkle, "The next one."
Tastings: Edgar Vogt
Statistics: Ophie Mercado
Fred McMillin, a veteran wine writer, has taught wine history for over 30 years on three continents. He was voted one of the U.S.A's 22 Best wine writers by the Academy of Wine Communications. For information about the wine courses he teaches every month at San Francisco City College (Fort Mason Division), please fax him at (415) 567-4468.
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This page created April 2011
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