Leslie Rudd’s quest for quality is steadfast. His roles as owner of Standard Beverage Corp., chairman of Dean and DeLuca, and owner of Rudd Oakville Estate in Napa Valley have attuned his eye to identifying excellence in all things. His rocky, red-soiled acreage at the foot of the Vaca Mountains in Oakville, for instance, is […]
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Best of the Best 2012: Domestic White Wines: Merry Edwards 2010 Sauvignon Blanc Russian River Valley
Since 1997, when Merry Edwards cofounded Merry Edwards Wines, she has focused her talents on perfecting that most persnickety of varietals, Pinot Noir. She has produced superb Sonoma Coast and Russian River Valley blends, as well as prodigious single-vineyard expressions from Olivet Lane, Meredith, Georganne, Klopp Ranch, and Coopersmith Vineyard; her state-of-the-art winery at Coopersmith […]
Kenzo Tsujimoto, the chairman and CEO of video-gaming giant Capcom Inc., decided 20 years ago to provide himself with a very different form of entertainment from that which fans of Resident Evil and Street Fighter enjoy. The executive, whose company has offices in San Francisco, was an admirer of Napa Valley’s top producers, and he […]
A long and storied history can imbue an estate with a certain appeal that the imagination of the wine drinker attributes to the wine itself. There is a certain reverence and not a little awe that accompanies the consumption of a glass of Château Haut-Brion Blanc, for example. Yet certain recently established vineyard sites have […]
The Pouilly-Fumé of Baron Patrick de Ladoucette, a descendant of the Comte Lafond, is amongst the best in the Loire Valley. The broad profile of this steely white wine includes aromas of flint and lemon that enhance its palate of tropical fruit.
This supremely structured Sauvignon Blanc is actually grown outside of the Central Coast region—in Bel-Air, in the hills of West Los Angeles, where the soil contains deep gravel and seashell beds not unlike those found in Bordeaux. Neither oak nor overripe fruit eclipses this white’s complex flavor profile, which combines delicate honeysuckle, lime, and white […]
Matt Dees demonstrated his brilliance as a winemaker with Jonata’s inaugural 2004 vintage, and in 2007 he repeated this triumph. This precise and delicious Sauvignon Blanc offers deep aromas of lemon and orange blossom, acacia, and lemongrass.
Tasting notes: The Château de Tracy 2005 Pouilly-Fumé Haute Densité is a masterfully delineated rendition of sauvignon blanc—silky smooth, with juicy citrus, bright acidity, structured minerality, and tremendous depth and style. Worth knowing: The flinty, chalky, 76-acre estate of Château de Tracy, near Sancerre in the eastern Loire Valley, has a long and noble history. […]
Tasting notes: The Château de Fieuzal 2006 Pessac-Léognan Blanc is forward, generous, and rich, displaying long, deep flavors of ripe fruit and spice, and hints of lovely new wood. Worth knowing: Owned by the La Rochefoucauld family in the days before the French Revolution, Fieuzal was converted to a wine estate in the 19th century. […]