Massachusetts Beverage Business



Article By: MBB

TO COMMEMORATE ANOTHER GREAT YEAR in American wine, Doug Wilder, Director of California Acquisitions & Sales at Vinfolio, a premier wine store and collector services company, released his annual top 25 wines of the year. Wilder, who writes a free weekly wineletter, The Wilder Side of California, with his reviews and scores of wines most often before they are reviewed by major critics, tasted over 12OO wines in 2OO7 and traveled hundreds of miles visiting wineries from Santa Ynez to Dundee, Oregon. The list showcases the best 2 pecent of wines he tasted during the year, with a particular emphasis on wines that delivered quality, value and rarity.

"One thing the 2OO7 list makes clear is that dirt matters," says Wilder who notes that 18 of the wines on the Top 25 list were made from single vineyard or estate grown grapes. "The care in cultivation of grapes from these vineyards, combined with the unique wines produced from them, is driving the high end of the domestic market."

Wilder also highlighted Russell From of Herman Story as his winemaker of the year. Two of From's wines made the list, including the 2OO5 Larner Vineyard Grenache and the 2OO5 Larner Vineyard Syrah, Other highlights include the 2OO6 Shea Vineyard and 2OO6 Hyland Vineyard Pinot Noirs from Auteur, whose winemaker Ken Juhasz was the 2OO6 winemaker of the year.

The list for 2OO7

2OO6 Auteur Pinot Noir Shea Vineyard, 1OO points

2OO5 Scholium Project Cena Trimalchionis, 98 points

2OO5 Westrey Chardonnay Reserve, 98 points

2OO5 Donum Pinot Noir Russian River Valley, 97 points

2OO4 Ramey Cabernet Sauvignon Jericho Canyon, 97 points

2OO4 Scherrer Chardonnay Scherrer Vineyard, 97 points

2OO4 Andrew Will Red Wine Champoux Vineyard, 96 points

2OO5 Dierberg Chardonnay Estate, 96 points

2OO5 Dierberg Pinot Noir Estate, 96 points

2OO4 Fidelitas Cabernet Sauvignon Champoux Vineyard, 96 points

2OO6 Hartwell Sauvignon Blanc, 96 points

2OO5 Herman Story Grenache Larner Vineyard, 96 points

2OO4 Keever Cabernet Sauvignon, 96 points

2OO5 Stolpman White Wine L'Avion, 96 points

2OO5 Togni, Philip Cabernet Sauvignon, 96 points

2OO6 Auteur Pinot Noir Hyland Vineyard, 95 points

2OO4 Diamond Terrace Cabernet Sauvignon, 95 points

2OO5 Herman Story Syrah Larner Vineyard, 95 points

2OO5 Maldonado Chardonnay, 95 points

2OO5 Owen Roe Red Wine Walla Walla 95, points

2OO5 Hanzell Chardonnay, 94 points

2OO4 Hourglass Cabernet Sauvignon, 94 points

2OO5 Koehler Grenache, 94 points

2OO5 Neiman Chardonnay, 94 points

2OO5 Owen Roe Yakima Valley, 94 points

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