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Top 10 Wines of the Week


Napa Valley did well this past week. Out of about 110 wines I tasted, it placed six in the Top Ten. The list is rounded out by 4 Pinot Noirs, two of them from the Russian River Valley, one from Santa Maria Valley and one from the increasingly well-regarded Edna Valley.

Silverado 2008 SOLO  Cabernet Sauvignon (Stags Leap); $90, 1,864 cases, 14.7%

Anomaly 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon (St. Helena); $85, 826 cases, 14.6% (also the 2007 vintage, with which the ‘08 was co-released)

Oakville East 2008 Core Stone Bordeaux blend (Oakville); $125, 150 cases, 14.5% (also their 2008 Exposure Cabernet Sauvignon)

Freeman 2009 Keefer Ranch Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley); $48, 323 cases, 14.2%

Siduri 2009 Ewald Vineyard Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley); $44, 147 cases, 14.3% (Also Siduri 2009 Clos Pepe Pinot Noir)

Robert Mondavi 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon (Oakville); $45, 7,685 cases, 15.6%

C. Beck 2008 Petite Sirah (Napa Valley); $38, 130 cases, 13.9%

Claiborne & Churchill 2009 Twin Creeks Pinot Noir (Edna Valley); $36, 248 cases, 13.8%

Alta Maria 2009 Pinot Noir (Santa Maria Valley); $28, 1,660 cases, 13.9%

Robert Mondavi 2009 To Kolan Vineyard Reserve Fume Blanc (Napa Valley); $40, 1,867 cases, 14.2%

  1. Steve,

    Thanks! The real alcohol on the Ewald is 14.5%, btw, with a pH of 3.69 and a TA of .55.

    Adam Lee
    Siduri Wines

  2. Great to see Claiborne & Churchill on the list. I sold the wines years ago and met the owners a few times. Like so many in the wine industry they are great down to earth folks offering some wonderful wines.

  3. I can say, you really tasted good wines this week.

  4. John Roberts says:

    Just got a couple of the Alta Maria. Have you tried it?

  5. John Roberts, I have. Very good wines.

  6. Great wines thanks Steve, also agree with Phil and the young winemaker at Claiborne and Churchill is making some amazing wines!

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