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Wine Picks
for November 1, 1999
(Wines that taste best now; 69 entries)

 
by Fred McMillin  
 

Whites

$7 Maximum  
2nd - White Blend Barefoot on the Beach, California, $4.50
Winner-   Riesling by Firestone, Santa Barbara County, '97, $7
 
$10 Maximum
4th - Pinot Grigio by Ivan Tamas, Central Coast, '97, $9
3rd - Chardonnay by Duck Pond, Columbia Valley, WA, '98, $9
2nd - Gewürztraminer by Fetzer California, '98, $8
Winner - Gewürztraminer by Chateau St. Jean, Sonoma County, '98, $9

 $15 Maximum
4th - Riesling by Kendall-Jackson, California, '98, $12
3rd - Chardonnay by Buena Vista, Carneros, '95, $14
2nd - Chardonnay by Firestone, Santa Ynez Valley, '97, $13
Winner - Dry Gewürztraminer by Bargetto, Santa Cruz Mtns., '97, $12

 $30 Maximum
2nd - Reserve Chardonnay by Laetitia, Arroyo Grande Vly., '97, $26
Winner - Chardonnay by Steele, Durell Vnyd., Carneros, '97, $26

  

Red Wines

$7 Maximum
Winner - Pinot Noir by Monterey Vineyard, Monterey County, '97, $7

$10 Maximum
2nd - Cabernet Sauvignon by Woodbridge (R. Mondavi), CA, '95, $8
Winner - Pinot Noir by Lorane Valley Winery, Oregon, '96, $10

$15 Maximum
2nd - Pinot Noir by Mirassou, Monterey County, '96, $11
Winner - Dolcetto by Callaway, Temecula, '97, $15

$20 Maximum
2nd - Petite Sirah by EOS, Paso Robles, '96, $17
Winner - Meritage Red Wine by Guenoc, North Coast, '96, $20

$25 Maximum
3rd - Merlot by Gundlach Bundschu, Sonoma Valley, '96, $22
2nd - Petite Sirah Reserve by Field Stone, Alexander Vly., '95, $22
Winner - Meritage Red Blend by Dry Creek Vnyd., Sonoma County, '97, $25

$30 Maximum
4th - Trio Red Blend by Barnwood Vnyds., Santa Barbara, '97, $29 (pictured)
3rd - Cabernet Sauvignon by Guenoc, Bella Vista Vnyd., '95, $30
2nd - Merlot Reserve by Firestone, Santa Ynez Valley, '97, $30
Winner - Cabernet Sauvignon by Napa Wine Co., Napa Vly., '96, $28



Unlimited
4th - Pinot Noir by Acacia, Beckstoffer Vnyd., Carneros, '96, $44
3rd - Pinot Noir by Gary Farrell, Stiling V., Russian River, '97, $32
2nd - Merlot by Jarvis, Napa Valley, '97, $48
Winner - Pinot Noir Reserve by Laetitia, Arroyo Grande Vly., '97, $33


Comments—The most prominent red was Pinot Noir; six Pinots made the Picks, and the Laetitia was the best wine of the 69 entries. The BEST BUY of the 69 also was a Pinot, the $7 Monterey Vineyard..

 

 

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