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Wine Picks

for December 15, 2000
(Panel of 14 says these wines taste best right now 53 entries.)

by Fred McMillin

The Isabel Estate wines
come from their own 128 acres of cool-climate vines in
New Zealand.
 
 

White Wines

$10 Maximum  
4th - Chardonnay, CK Mondavi Vineyards, Calif., '98, $7
3rd - Triad (blend), Napa Ridge, North Coast, '97, $9
2nd - Sauvignon Blanc, Charles Mitchell, Napa Valley, '97, $8
1st - Riesling, Jekel, Monterey, '99, $10

 $15 Maximum  
4th - Sauvignon Blanc, Adler Fels, Sonoma County, '97, $14
3rd - Sauvignon Blanc, Audubon Cellars, Napa Valley, '99, $12
2nd - Chardonnay, Clos Du Bois, Sonoma County, '99, $14
1st - Sauvignon Blanc, Guenoc, North Coast, '98, $14

 $20 Maximum  
2nd - Chardonnay, Belvedere, Russian River Valley, '97, $17
1st - Chardonnay, Kendall-Jackson, Camelot Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley, '98, $17

 $25 Maximum  
2nd - Chardonnay, Isabel, Marlborough, New Zealand, '98, $21
1st - Taché Brut Sparkler, Taltarni, Australia, No Date, $22

$30 Maximum
3rd - Brut Sparkler, Clover Hill, Tasmania, '96, $29
2nd - Chardonnay, Sanford, Sanford & Benedict Vineyard, Santa Ynez Valley, No Date $26
1st - Chardonnay, Steele, Bien Nacido Vineyard, Santa Barbara County, '98, $26

Unlimited
3rd - Brut Rosé Champagne, Lanson, Reims, France, No Date, $50
2nd - Chardonnay Reserve, Jarvis, Napa Valley, '97, $52
1st - Chardonnay, Stag's Leap Wine Cellars, Napa Valley, '98, $45

 

Red Wines


$10 Maximum
2nd - Merlot Rosé, Sutter Home, California, '97, $6
1st - White Merlot (pink), Beringer, California, '99, $6

$15 Maximum
2nd - Rosé of Pinot Meunier, Handley, Anderson Valley, '99, $12
1st - Shiraz (Syrah) Reserve, Jacob's Creek, Barossa Valley, Australia, '97, $15

$20 Maximum
4th - Merlot, Buena Vista, Carneros, '95, $16
3rd - "Traditional" red blend, Rosemount, McLaren Vale, Australia, '97, $20
2nd - "Hollywood Red" blend, DeRose, Cienaga Valley, CA, '97, $16
1st - Syrah, Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve, CA, '97, $17

$25 Maximum
2nd - Pinot Noir, Isabel, Marlborough, '98, $24 (pictured)
1st - Pinot Noir, Bargetto, Regan Vineyard, Santa Cruz Mountains, '98, $25

Unlimited
2nd - Cabernet Sauvignon, Geyser Peak Reserve, Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, '97, $40
1st - Shiraz-Caberet blend called Blue Mountain, Rosemount, Mudgee, Australia, '97, $40


Comments

The Best Buy was the Beringer pink Merlot ($6) and the Best Wine was the Rosemount Blue Mountain.

 

 
 


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