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Wine Picks

for August 1, 2000
(These are the wines that taste best right now.)

by Fred McMillin

Oakstone Proprietors
Susan and John Smith
 
 

White Wines

$10 Maximum  
3rd - Sauvignon Blanc, Tarapaca (Beringer), Chile, '99, $7
2nd - Chardonnay, Rio de Plata, Argentina, '99, $7
1st - Triad, Napa Ridge, North Coast, '98, $9

 $15 Maximum  
3rd - Sauvignon Blanc, Sterling, North Coast, '99, $12
2nd - Sauvignon Blanc, Tarapaca, La Isla Vnyd., Chile, '99, $12
1st - Chardonnay, Geyser Peak, Sonoma County, '97, $14

 $20 Maximum  
3rd - Chardonnay, Oakstone, Carneros, '98, $16, (pictured)
2nd - Chardonnay, Atlas Peak, Napa Valley, '98, $16
1st - Chardonnay, Handley, Anderson Valley, '97, $16

$25 Maximum
1st - Chardonnay, Sattui, Carsi Vnyd., Napa Valley, '98, $24

$30 Maximum
2nd - Chardonnay, Steele, Parmelee Vnyd., Sonoma Valley, '98, $26
1st - Chardonnay Grand Reserve, Kendall-Jackson, Cal., '97, $26

 

Red Wines


$10 Maximum
1st - (pink) White Zinfandel, Sattui, Cal., '98, $9

$15 Maximum
3nd - Syrah, Shooting Star, Lake County, '98, $12
2nd - Cabernet Sauvignon, Shooting Star, Lake County, '97, $13
1st - Syrah, Clos du Lac, California, '97, $12

$20 Maximum
5th - Zinfandel, Rosenblum, Continente Vnyd., Contra Costa, '97, $16
3rd - (tie) Cabernet Sauvignon, Belvedere, Dry Creek Vly., '95, $16
3rd - (tie) Merlot, Clos LaChance, Central Coast, '97, $16
2nd - Zinfandel, Gary Farrell, Collins Vnyd., Russian River, '94, $18
1st - Zinfandel, Steele, Pacini Vnyd., Mendocino, '97, $18

$25 Maximum
3rd - Merlot, Steele, Clear Lake, '97, $22
2nd - Pinot Noir, Steele, Sangiacomo Vnyd., Carneros, '97, $25
1st - Pinot Noir, David Bruce, Sonoma County, '97, $24

$30 Maximum
1st - Zinfandel, Sattui, Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, '97, $30

Comment:
In this group of 70 wines, what was hot and what was not? Cabernet Sauvignon had an off day. With seven entries, it garnered only a second and a third. On the other hand, all four red Zinfandels scored...but look at who produced them, Rosenblum, Sattui, Farrell and Steele. That is NOT a clumsy quartet!

Best Buy: The $7 Rio de Plata Chardonnay from Argentina. For outlets, phone Vickie Bello or Paul Orifice, (973) 857-6606, Fax (973) 857-6193

 

 
 


This page created August 2000

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