by Fred McMillin
In my classes, RARELY does everyone rate a wine good or better. However, it does happen occasionally and here are the last dozen that pleased one and all. They are current releases, unless vintage year is listed.
|2nd||-||Chardonnay, Michel-Schlumberger, $26|
|1st||-||Chardonnay, Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve, $20|
|10th||-||Merlot, Kenwood Jack London Vineyard, $25|
|9th||-||Barbera, Sunset Cellars, $19|
|8th||-||Zinfandel, Gary Farrell Maple Vineyard, $36|
|7th||-||Syrah, Frei Brothers Reserve, $24|
|6th||-||Cabernet Franc, Ballentine, $24|
|5th||-||Cabernet Sauvignon, Rodney Strong, Alden Vineyard, 2001, $30|
|4th||-||Pinot Noir, Gary Farrell, Hillside Blocks of Allen Vineyard, $60|
|3rd||-||Pinot Noir, Steele Wines, Bien Nacido Vineyard, $35|
|2nd||-||Cabernet Franc, Jarvis, 2002, $92|
|1st||-||Petite Sirah, Silkwood Wines, $36|
Beware of pink, dessert and sparkling wines. No luck in the $10 to $15 price range. None was universally approved.
Prof. George Hussman (1827-1902) of the University of Missouri wrote these words over a century ago about California Zinfandels. Today they apply just as well to our universally approved wines. Quote: "They are like angels' visits, FEW AND FAR BETWEEN."
Credits: Research Assistant Ophie Mercado
Fred McMillin, a veteran wine writer, has taught wine history for 30 years on three continents. For information about the wine courses he teaches every month at either San Francisco State University or San Francisco City College (Fort Mason Division), please fax him at (415) 567-4468.
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