Wine: Côte d’Oregon

Véronique Drouhin knew she had discovered a special place when, in July 1987, she first crested the remote Oregon hillside that would become home to one of the most respected vineyards in the New World. Dropping gently away to the southeast, the idyllic slope before her offered breathtaking views across the Willamette Valley toward the […]

J. Davies 2007 Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

Although the Davies family launched its Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon with the 2001 vintage, the wine has a long history. The vineyard’s original owners, Jacob and Annie Schramand, founded Schramsberg winery in 1862, making it one of Napa Valley’s first hillside vineyards. Jack Davies and his wife, Jamie, acquired Schramsberg in 1965, and made the winery […]

Goldeneye 2007 Ten Degrees Pinot Noir

In the early 1990s, Margaret and Dan Duckhorn, owners of Duckhorn Vineyards, the couple searched for vineyards that would enable them to pursue the perfect Pinot Noir. They settled on territory in Mendocino County’s Anderson Valley, acquiring Gowan Creek Vineyard (the first of four properties), where they dubbed their new project Goldeneye Winery—a name that […]

Opus One 2007 Napa Valley Red Wine

Franco-American alliance Baron Philippe de Rothschild, owner of Château Mouton Rothschild, and Robert Mondavi yielded the first New World “cult” wine, Opus One, in 1978. More than three decades later, the winemaking is in the hands of one man, Michael Silacci, yet the Opus One 2007 Napa Valley Red Wine continues to exhibit the label’s […]

Château Suduiraut 2007 Sauternes

Since the 16th century, when Leonard de Suduiraut married Nicole d’Allard, the estate in the Sauternes appellation of Bordeaux that bears the groom’s surname has changed hands many times. Despite these vicissitudes, Château Suduiraut produced wines of such remarkably consistent quality that, in 1855, the estate was designated as a First Growth. Now under the […]

Longoria 2007 Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills Fe Ciega Vineyard

When winemaker Rick Longoria decided to step out on his own in 1982, he chose to focus initially on Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, producing small quantities of each with fruit sourced from Santa Maria. Almost three decades later, his portfolio of wines is a veritable sampling of all that Santa Barbara has to offer, though […]

Quinta do Vesuvio 2007 Douro DOC

Tasting notes: This inaugural blend of traditional Douro grapes (Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Barroca, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Amarela) conjures a bosky bouquet of brambleberries, sweet smoke, and dried flowers and herbs. Black plum dominates the palate, which resolves in a prolonged vanilla-bean essence. Worth knowing: In many ways, Quinta do Vesuvio is the seat […]

Merry Edwards 2007 Sauvignon Blanc Russian River Valley

Tasting notes: The Merry Edwards 2007 Sauvignon Blanc Russian River Valley exhibits refreshing honeydew melon and pear fruit—in this case, spiked with hints of limoncello and mace that carry on through the finish. Worth knowing: Few winemakers have graced our Best of the Best list with such pleasing frequency as Merry Edwards, who remains the […]