Top10 Wine Spectator – 5o e 4o lugares

Mais dois finalistas do Top10 da Wine Spectator de 2010. Dessa vez foram dois da California, da mesma safra, de 2007. Parece que a California está mesmo despontando como grande região produtora. Infelizmente são vinhos que não chegarão muito baratos por aqui. Os preços indicados abaixo são os da vinícola. Aqui, com todos os impostos, chegarão por muito mais.

5o lugar – Altamura
Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2007

96 points / $85
3,000 cases made

Altamura comes from one of the least-known corners of Napa, a small, remote area called Wooden Valley. Northeast of the city of Napa, this area is distinguished by a dramatic fog bank and cooler climate, and subsequently a longer growing season; temperatures here can be as many as 10 degrees lower than the Napa Valley average. Frank and Karen Altamura started planting grapes on their 400-acre family ranch in 1985. They also make Sangiovese and Sauvignon Blanc.
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4o Lugar – Revana
Cabernet Sauvignon St. Helena 2007

97 points / $125
2,000 cases made

Houston cardiologist Madaiah Revana grew up in rural India, immigrated to America and caught the wine bug. In 1998, he planted 9 acres of grapes north of St. Helena, across Highway 29 from Grace Family. This 2007 is Revana’s best effort to date. Winemaker Heidi Peterson Barrett ferments small lots and ages them separately for 20 months in French oak (40 percent new) before making the final blend of 92 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, with Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc.
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