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Best Wines of 2009 So Far


by Fred McMillin


We sip a lot of wines in our Fort Mason (S.F. City College) classes. Here are the best 23 we have tasted so far this year. That is, the best Chardonnay, best Cabernet Sauvignon, etc.

Did one of the highly-touted Napa Valley Cabs win, since they are usually the favorite?

On Wine: Rankings
Best Wines of 2009 So Far
23rd Chenin Blanc, $12, Dry Creek Vineyards, Clarksburg, 2007
22nd Zinfandel Rosé, $10, Pedroncelli Winery, Sonoma County, 2006
21st Malbec, $14, Lockwood Vineyards, Monterey County, 2006
20th Gewürztraminer, $11, Kenwood Vineyards, Sonoma County, 2007
19th Riesling, $13, Royal Rheingau Vintners, Germany, 2004
18th Sauvignon Blanc, $23, St. Supery Estate, Napa Valley, 2007
17th Chardonnay, $16, De Loach Vineyards, Russian River, 2006
16th Brut Rosé Sparkling Wine, $36, Domaine Carneros, Napa Valley, NV
15th Barbera, $22, Sunset Cellars, Napa Valley, 2004
14th Cabernet Franc, $40, St. Supery Estate, Napa Valley, 2004
13th Merlot, $30, Hawkes Vineyards, Alexander Valley, 2004
12th Eisrebe (dessert), $50, Joseph Phelps Vineyards, Napa Valley, 2007
11th Trilogy (blend white), $65, Flora Springs Winery, Napa Valley, 2004
10th Pinot Noir, $50, Gary Farrell Vineyards, Russian River Valley, 2004
9th Pinot Gris, $17, King Estate, Oregon, 2007
8th Petit Verdot, $40, Jarvis Wines, Napa Valley, 2005
7th Zinfandel, $18, Sobon Estate, Amador County, 2005
6th Red Bordeaux, $20, Chateau Greysac, (Diageo) France,(Medoc), 2003
5th Deviation Aromatized (dessert), Quady Winery, Calif., NV
4th Petite Sirah, $39, Silkwood Wines, Stanislaus County, 2004
3rd Lake William (blend), $60, Jarvis Wines, Napa County, 2001
2nd Syrah, $28, Steele Wines, Sonoma County, Parmelee Hill, 2005
The Winner Is...
1st Cabernet Sauvignon, $70, Corison Vineyards, Napa Valley, 2004


Yep, a Napa Valley cab won as expected.


And a Final Gourmet Grin

In World War II, British Field Marshall Montgomery found cases of caviar in captured enemy quarters. He promptly had them distributed to his troops and then walked through their grounds to enjoy the smiles. Suddenly, one soldier popped out of his tent, saluted smartly, and reported, "Sir, this jam tastes fishy."


Credits: Edgar Vogt
Statistics: Ophie Mercado


Fred McMillin

About the Writer

Fred McMillin, a veteran wine writer, has taught wine history for 30 years on three continents. He was voted one of the U.S.A's 22 Best wine writers by the Academy of Wine Communications. For information about the wine courses he teaches every month at San Francisco City College (Fort Mason Division), please fax him at (415) 567-4468.


Copyright © 2009, Fred McMillin. All rights reserved.


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