Bucket List Wines: California

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Stony Hill Chardonnay

A lot of people have noted the paucity of white wines on my bucket lists. It’s not that I don’t enjoy white wines, though my preference is for reds, it’s just that there are many more hard to find and fabulously mature red wines out there than there are whites. No where is this more applicable than in California.

That is not to say that California lacks great white wines. In fact, I would say that there were probably as many great, age-worthy whites produced decades ago as there are today. Considering the explosion of wineries in California over the years, this is a sad commentary on the direction Chardonnay in particular has moved on the West Coast.

Want a look at the potential of California Chardonnay? Check out a mature bottle of Stony Hill Chardonnay from way back in the day. I’m particularly fond of the 1978 and the 1980. Today, these wines are still full of vigor, showing wonderfully layered floral, dried citrus fruit and nutty oxidized notes while still remaining focused and crisp. On a good day, you can find these wines for under $100 a bottle, though I expect one will have to spend closer to $125 the next time bottles appear on the market.

Bucket List Wines: California

1.
Ridge Petite Sirah Spring Mountain District York Creek (1975)
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2.
Stony Hill Napa Valley Chardonnay (1978)
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3.
Inglenook Limited Cask Cabernet Sauvignon (1978)
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4.
Beaulieu Vineyard Special Burgundy (1968)
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  • Snooth User: tomglip
    502946 25

    MY BUCKET LIST - CHOSEN FROM WINES I HAVE HAD BUT WOULD LOVE TO HAVE AGAIN, IF THE WINE AND I WERE IN PERFECT CONDITION:

    1970 BV GEORGES DE LaTOUR RESERVE CABERNET
    1982 OR 1991 BERINGER RESERVE CABERNET
    1985 INGLENOOK REUNION
    LONG VINEYARDS LATE HARVEST RIESLING (any vintage from the 90s)
    1992 SUMMIT LAKE EMILY KESTREL CABERNET SAUVIGNON
    1990 RUBICON
    1983 DUNN HOWELL MOUNTAIN CABERNET SAUVIGNON
    1978 RIDGE YORK CREEK PETITE SIRAH
    1987 BERINGER BANCROFT RANCH MERLOT
    1978 OR 1985 INGLENOOK CHARBONO

    Jul 12, 2012 at 4:47 PM


  • Snooth User: pinot N
    1035167 18

    Y piensan dejar fuera de la lista a Robert Mondavi y su famoso fume Blanc ?

    Jul 12, 2012 at 9:27 PM


  • Jordan Cab 78
    Marcaisson any year
    Ch. Neuf d'Pape Beaucastel any year
    Turley Zinf when she made it. Old vines.
    Mt. Veeder Cab 89
    Silver Oak 89 99 2001

    Jul 14, 2012 at 1:13 PM


  • Snooth User: homestar
    512161 83

    Have you done a piece on Petite Sirah? My apologies if I missed it, but given your comments it would seem odd if you haven't. I have had several I enjoy a great deal, but they tend to be huge wines and probably overpowering for many people and many occasions. Would love to read about your wider tastings from California.

    Jul 15, 2012 at 7:44 AM


  • Snooth User: DOCTOR T
    152537 36

    I AGREE I HAD THE 1978 AT BURNS STEAK HOUSE BACK IN AROUND 1999. IT WAS FABULOUS.

    Jul 16, 2012 at 2:41 PM


  • Snooth User: gmatt01
    298451 1

    1974 Heitz Martha's Vineyard

    Jul 18, 2012 at 11:58 PM


  • A MUST try Petite Sirah in California comes from Concannon Vineyard...they have a whole flight.. after all, they were the first to produce it 50+ years ago! Be sure to try Captain Joe's PS. Cheers.

    Jul 19, 2012 at 3:16 PM


  • Snooth User: Helen Poole
    1337036 29

    it's great

    Aug 30, 2013 at 5:33 AM


  • Snooth User: anvilpep
    1370081 34

    good

    Sep 24, 2013 at 12:47 AM


  • great!!

    Sep 27, 2013 at 1:57 AM


  • It's interesting post

    Oct 07, 2013 at 12:02 AM


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