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"Super Sixteen"

  by Fred McMillin

Mitchell Port  

Our Own Super Sixteen

We put together our own Super Sixteen dessert wines, half white and half red. After the first two rounds, four remained standing. But before we get to them, here are four fine dessert wines that just missed the finals. We'll call them...GOOD LOSERS...very good losers.


Tournament Finish

8th - '97 Oakstone Cabernet Sauvignon Port, El Dorado County, $10 (375 ml.)
7th - NV Charles Mitchell Port, California, $15 (500 ml.)- pictured
6th - '97 Rosenblum Concento d'Oro Late Harvest Chardonnay, Sonoma County, $17 (375 ml.)
5th - '93 Renaissance Late Harvest Riesling, North Yuba, $18 (375 ml.)

Then it was on to the FINAL FOUR.


Tournament Finish

4th - '95 Rosenblum Zinfandel Port, Sonoma County, $11 (375 ml.)
3rd - '97 Kendall-Jackson Late Harvest Chardonnay, California, $40 (375 ml.)
2nd - '96 Rosenblum Late Harvest Zinfandel, Contra Costa County, $16 (375 ml.)
Champion - '94 Rosenblum Late Harvest Zinfandel, Sonoma County, $13 (375 ml.)


Four of the five Rosenblum entries made the round of eight, and three of the Zinfandels made the final four. Critics agree that Kent Rosenblum fashions some of the world's best table-wine Zinfandels...looks like we must add Dessert Zins to his dossier.


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