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Winemaker Marcelo Papa handles the Casa Concha line for this large Chilean winery. The fruit comes from the same Puente Alto vineyard that supplies Concha's high-end Don Melchor Cabernet, as well as Vi-a Almaviva. The wine matured 14 months in a combination of 1-, 2- and 3-year-old barrels. 24,500 cases made.
Robert Drouhin, head of Burgundy's Maison Joseph Drouhin, and his daughter, Véronique, established this Oregon winery in 1987. In 1992, Laurène was born -- both the wine and Véronique's daughter (the wine's namesake). It is made from a selection of estate-grown grapes, which have consistently made wines of depth and balance. 1,700 cases made.
Dunn Cabernets are complex and concentrated wines. Winemaker Randy Dunn makes the ultimate in Howell Mountain Cabernets; they are intense and tannic wines that have the potential to age 30 years or more. Dunn has been making these characteristic wines since 1979, when he left Caymus to create his own winery. 2,000 cases made.
This estate was created in 1984 and is currently run by Paola Gloder (whose parents were the original owners) and her husband, Alberto Montefiori. Under the aegis of consulting enologist Carlo Ferrini, this Sangiovese is aged four years prior to release, with a minimum of two years in oak. 5,380 cases made.
Winemakers John Kongsgaard and Kelly Wheat practice "co-fermentation" to make their wines. Merlot and Cabernet Franc grapes are fermented together to allow the flavors and tannins to mingle and integrate right after harvest, as opposed to fermenting them separately and blending them later. A small amount of Sangiovese is added. 6,400 cases made.
Nicolás Catena, winemaker José Galante and vineyard manager Pedro Marchevsky have put this winery at the head of the pack in Argentina. The fruit for this wine comes from vineyards at an elevation of 3,100 feet, located in the Luján de Cuyo district of Mendoza. The name of the winery was recently changed to Bodega Catena Zapata. 14,000 cases made.
Owners Geoff and Robina Jensen and winemaker Ian Marchant draw on 145-plus acres of estate vineyards planted in 1989 in Marlborough's Omaka Valley. This bottling also contains some Sémillon. It marks Omaka's debut in the Top 100. 7,000 cases imported.
Owner John Stichbury first planted vines at Jackson Estate in 1988, and the vineyards today total 90 acres. Winemaker Martin Shaw and viticulturist Geoff Woollcombe use fruit from these Wairau Valley vineyards to make this 100 percent Sauvignon Blanc. This is Jackson's first Top 100 appearance. 10,000 cases made.
Marilisa, Walter and Franco Allegrini own and manage this estate, and are respectively responsible for the sales and marketing, vineyards and winemaking. This single-vineyard wine blends Corvina (70 percent), Rondinella (25 percent) and Sangiovese (5 percent). Sangiovese is not permitted by the DOC, thus the less-prestigious Veronese IGT designation. 14,000 cases made.
Founded in 1971 by the Anderson family, S. Anderson was once better-known for sparkling wines, but lately its still wines are attracting attention. The Cabernet is made from 100 percent Stags Leap District grapes, both estate-grown and purchased. Cliff Lede purchased the winery earlier this year. 1,473 cases made.
Born in Bordeaux, Éric Texier moved to Lyon in 1979. After studying enology in Bordeaux and working with Jean-Marie Guffens at Verget in Burgundy, he began making his own wine in Mâcon in 1995. Texier began buying grapes and making wine in Châteauneuf in 1999. This 2000 is a blend of 75 percent Grenache and 25 percent Mourvèdre. 1,220 cases made.
The Martini family once owned more than 600 acres of vineyards in Napa and Sonoma counties. The Monte Rosso Vineyard, purchased by Louis M. Martini in 1938, comprises 250 acres spread across the slopes of the Mayacamas Mountains at an elevation of 1,000 feet. It is planted primarily to Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel, with many of the vines 30 to 50 years old. This historic winery was recently purchased by wine giant Gallo. 1,365 cases made.
Named to honor Beethoven's Third Symphony, Eroica is a winemaking collaboration between Ernst Loosen of Dr. Loosen in Germany's Mosel region and Chateau Ste. Michelle winemaker Erik Olsen. The grapes are harvested at night to obtain fruit flavors that echo the mineral notes and freshness of a German Riesling. 10,000 cases made.
Purchased by the late Baron Philippe de Rothschild in 1934 and now owned by his daughter, Baroness Philippine de Rothschild, this fifth-growth consistently outperforms its classification. With an ample production from 120 acres of vineyards, and a moderate price, the wine represents one of the best values of the '99 Bordeaux vintage. 16,000 cases made.
Owner-winemaker Sue Hua Newton chooses grapes for her claret from among the young vines on the estate's 560-acres of vineyard in order to make an accessible wine with soft tannins. The vineyard is located on the eastern slope of Spring Mountain. 9,800 cases made.
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