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Wine Picks

for May 1, 2000
(Seventeen tasters say these are best right now.)

by Fred McMillin

 

White Wines

$10 Maximum  
4th - Chardonnay, Monterey Vineyard, Monterey County, '98, $7
3rd - Chardonnay, Bel Arbor, Ca1ifornia, '98, $6
2nd - Sauvignon Blanc, Beringer Founders' Estate, Ca1., '98, $9
1st - Sauvignon Blanc, Charles Mitchell, Napa Valley, '97 $9.50

 $15 Maximum  
1st - Chardonnay, Guenoc, California, '98, $12

$20 Maximum
2nd - Chardonnay, Sanford, Santa Barbara County, '98, $19
1st - Chardonnay, Guenoc, North Coast, '98, $16

$25 Maximum
3rd - Chardonnay, Chateau St. Jean, Belle Terre Vineyards, '95 $21.50 Sanford-Benedict Vineyard
2nd - Chardonnay, Dry Creek Vineyard Reserve, Sonoma County, '97, $22
1st - Blanc de Blanca Sparkler, Handley, Anderson Valley, '94, $25
     

$30 Maximum

1st - Chardonnay, Sanford, Sanford-Benedict Vineyard, '98, $27.50 (pictured)

 

Red Wines


$10 Maximum
1st - Beaujolais-Villages "Tradition," B&G, France, '98, $8

$15 Maximum
1st - Le Mediterrane, Rhone Old Vines, Rey Sol, South Coast, '96, $12

$20 Maximum
5th - Sangiovese, Flora Springs, Napa Valley, '98, $16
4th - Merlot, Hagafen Cellars, Napa Valley, Kosher, '97, $20
3rd - Cabernet Sauvignon, Sterling, Diamond Mtn. Vineyard, '93, $18
2nd - Port (dessert), Charles Mitchell, California, No Vintage, $20
1st - Pinot Noir, David Bruce, Central Coast, '97, $16

$25 Maximum
2nd - Petite Sirah, Field Stone, Staten Family Reserve, Alexander Valley, '96, $25
1st - Cabernet Franc, Peju Province, Napa Valley, '96, $25

Unlimited
1st - "Encounter" Bordeaux varietal blend, Gary Farrell,
Pine Mountain Vineyard, Sonoma County, '96, $42

Comment:
The Best Buy was the Bel Arbor Chardonnay. The Best Wine was the Gary Farrell Encounter.

 

 
 


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