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by Fred McMillin
Best of the Course
This is a standout! It garnered a 94. In my latest Ft. Mason wine course, the best 35 rival table wines could do was an 89.
What was the wine, and first, who made it?
Aiken Brings Home The Bacon
There were 8,500 entries at the last London International Wine Challenge. Fifty-five gold medals were awarded in the Bordeaux-varietal category. The best of the 55? A 1995 Beaulieu Cabernet Sauvignon crafted by the winery's director of winemaking Joel Aiken.
His boss, John Phillips, knows a good winemaker when he sees one. So Joel's just been promoted to Vice President, and will oversee the winernaking of, would you believe...
Glen Ellen Winery
M.G. Vallejo Wines
Blossom Hill Wines
Argentina's Navarro Correas Winery
France's Le Piat d'Or wines
Some vote of confidence! Now, on to our SUPER...
Wine of the Day
1996 Beaulieu Clone 6 Cabernet Sauvignon, $110
One of the most astute observers of the Napa wine scene is its resident author James Laube. The importance of Joel Aiken to BV is illustrated by these two quotes.
a) Early in the '90s Laube wrote, "BV has resisted innovation and clung to traditions that no longer matter to today's wine drinkers...It will have to retool for the future."
Now let's fast forward to 1999 and another quote:
b) "The amazing thing about BV is that even with rapid changes in management it is currently making the greatest wines in its fabled history."
We told you Aiken brought home the bacon.
This page created September 2000