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Copyright © 2016
by Fred McMillin
for June 2000
On the Wall
Which Is Fairest of Them All?
Our Sweet Sixteen
We decided to look at the Winning Wine in each
of our last 16 tastings to see what they would
teach us. The best wine is listed last.
Silver Oak, Napa Vly., '95, $75
blend, Gary Farrell, Sonoma County, '96, $42
||Pinot Noir, Byron,
Santa Maria Vly., '96, $40
blend, Beaulieu, Napa Vly., '96, $35
Meritage, Kautz, California, '94, $25
Corison, Napa Vly., '96, $45
Zinfandel, Rosenblum, CA, '95, $15(375 ml.)
Champagne, Veuve Clicquot, France, '88, $65
Shiraz, Mildara Blass, Aussie, '96, $18
Ringnosii, Napa Vly., '97, $25
Trailside, Heitz, Napa Vly., '94, $49 (pictured)
||Lake William red
blend, Jarvis, Napa Vly., '97, $58
|| Cabernet Sauvignon
Reserve, Peju Province, Napa Vly., '96, $75
Guenoc, Napa Valley, '95, $40
Veuve Clicquot, NV, $45
The Fairest of Them All
||De Latour Private
Reserve Cab, Beaulieu, Napa Vly., '96, $75
a) No Merlot labels (tho it's in some blends)
b) Nothing labelled Chardonnay. No still whites wines of
c) Best Buy—The 8th-place Australian Presidents
Selection by Mildara Blass.
d) Only two wineries garnered
two spots, Clicquot and Beaulieu.
The Two Big Winners
e) District—Supplying the grapes for nine of the 16 wines,
the Napa Valley dominated the action.
f) Varietal—Present in nine of the 16 wines was the most noble of the red wine grapes, Cabernet Sauvignon.
We're Number One!
The February 4th WineDay selected Beaulieu as the California winery of the century and quoted the great Leon Adam's opinion of
our Fairest Wine Winner: "Beaulieu Private Reserve Cabernet
Sauvignon is the single most sought-after American wine."
My tasters agree.
This page created June 2000