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The Top 100 Wines of 2001: 86-100

Our annual roundup of the year's most exciting wines

Posted: January 16, 2002

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Rank Wine Score Price
#86 LEONILDO PIEROPAN Soave Classico Superiore La Rocca 1998 91 $21
Owners Nino and Teresita Pieropan run this estate. The La Rocca vineyard takes its name from the medieval castle next to the town of Soave, just east of Verona. This dry wine is made from the late-harvest Garganega grapes aged in oak barrels for one year. 3.330 cases made.
#87 KENDALL-JACKSON Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley Great Estates 1997 92 $40
The grapes for this Cabernet come primarily from southern Alexander Valley foothill vineyards, with some Dry Creek Valley fruit added. The wine is aged 22 months in a combination of French and American oak. 4,280 cases made.
#88 HEITZ Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Bella Oaks Vineyard 1996 92 $50
Founded in 1961 by Joe Heitz (his son David now makes the wines), this winery's Martha's Vineyard Cabernet has a long, important history. The Bella Oaks vineyard, located in Rutherford, helped carry the winery banner while Martha's Vineyard was replanted in the mid-'90s due to phylloxera. 4,700 cases made.
#89 REX HILL Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 1999 90 $24
Rex Hill Vineyards, located in Oregon's Yamhill County, was founded in 1982 by Paul Hart and Jan Jacobsen. Winemaker Lynn Penner-Ash currently oversees the production from their 225-plus acres of vineyards. This is the debut for Rex Hill in our Top 100. 7,675 cases made.
#90 DOMAINE DE L'ORATOIRE ST.-MARTIN Côtes du Rhône-Villages Cairanne Cuvée Prestige 1999 93 $23
The Alary family, who own and run this 49-acre domaine, have been vignerons in the village of Cairanne since 1692. This particular cuvée comes from a parcel of vines planted in 1905, blending 60 percent Grenache and 40 percent Mourvèdre. 1,500 cases made.
#91 RUST EN VREDE Stellenbosch 1998 91 $32
Despite having to replant most of his vineyards due to the leaf roll virus, Jean Englebrecht has turned his Rust en Vrede estate into one of the top wineries in South Africa. This, the estate's top wine, is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Merlot that is aged in a combination of French and American oak for 18 months. 2,900 cases made.
#92 JOH. JOS. PRÜM Riesling SpŠtlese Mosel-Saar-Ruwer Wehlener Sonnenuhr 1999 93 $31
Manfred Prüm currently heads this estate with the help his daughter Katarina; she represents the fourth generation of this family business, founded in 1911. Twelve acres in the best parts of the Wehlener Sonnenuhr vineyard represent the jewel in the crown of Prüm's 33.5-acre holdings. 1,600 cases made.
#93 VIANSA Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County Reserve 1997 92 $40
Founded in 1988 by Sam and Vicki Sebastiani, this Carneros-based winery produces wine from its own 80 acres of vineyards and some purchased grapes. While winemaker Michael Sebastiani focuses on Italian-style varietals, Viansa also produced this outstanding Sonoma Cabernet. 2,894 cases made.
#94 J. HOFSTÄTTER Lagrein Alto Adige Steinraffler 1997 93 $38
Martin Foradori Hofstätter, a proponent of biodynamic farming, produces this Lagrein (a red variety found primarily in Italy's northeast region) from the Steinraffler estate, a 13.5-acre vineyard located on a sunny slope near the Caldaro lake. 1,500 cases made.
#95 CHÂTEAU BRANE-CANTENAC Margaux 1998 90 $30
Classified as a second-growth in the 1855 classification, Brane-Cantenac is currently owned by Henri Lurton. The château produced this outstanding wine from its 200-plus acres of vineyards in a vintage in which the appellation as a whole did not perform particularly well. 10,000 cases made.
#96 LEWIS Chardonnay Sonoma County 1999 92 $37
This winery, which produces about 5,000 cases annually, is located in Oakville. It was founded in 1992 by Debbie and Randy Lewis. Paul Hobbs was the original winemaker; Randy took over starting with the 1998 reds and 1999 whites. 2,100 cases made.
#97 L'ECOLE NO. 41 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 1998 91 $30
Founded in 1983 by Jean and Baker Ferguson, L'Ecole No. 41 is currently owned and operated by their daughter and son-in-law, Megan and Martin Clubb. The grapes for this wine come from several vineyards in Washington, including Klipsun, Wahluke Slope, Pepper Bridge and Seven Hills. 2,070 cases made.
#98 CHÂTEAU DE LANCYRE Coteaux du Languedoc Pic 92 $25
Cousins Bernard Durand and Regis Valentin oversee the vineyard and winemaking, respectively, for this Languedoc property. The domaine includes 200 acres of vineyards, which produce four red wines, two whites and a rosé. This, the winery's top red cuvée, combines Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre. 1,500 cases made.
#99 BROLIO Chianti Classico Castello di Brolio 1997 91 $45
This is the first vintage ever made of this wine, which Brolio now considers to be its "grand vin." The wine is a selection of Brolio's best Sangiovese grapes, and is given 18 months of barrel aging. 17,000 cases made.
#100 CERETTO Barolo Zonchera 1997 91 $46
Brothers Marcello and Bruno Ceretto have turned their winery into one of Piedmont's best. The grapes, harvested from the nearly 20-acre Zonchera vineyard, are aged both in large oak casks and small oak barrels. 6,300 cases made.

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