The San Francisco Chronicle is out today with its list of the Top 100 Wines from the West. Not surprisingly, Napa is well represented, particularly in the Cabernet Sauvignon category. A couple wines we’ve either recently tasted or view as a go-to option were included. We were particularly happy to see one of our favorites on the list, the non-bank-busting ’03 Flora Springs Cab. Here’s the Chronicle write-up on it:
2003 Flora Springs Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($30) Flora Springs may not be the newest name in Napa, but this classically styled Cab more than holds its own. It’s meaty and appealingly rich, with plump blackberry flavors, tobacco and orange zest notes to add an edge.
The Chronicle also recommends Chimney Rock Winery’s ’04 Elevage, which we had during our visit over the summer. Here’s the write-up:
2004 Chimney Rock Winery Elevage Stags Leap District ($76) Winemaker Elizabeth Vianna was promoted to that post in 2005, during the upbringing of this wine – what the French call (you got it) “elevage.” It’s big and beefy, with warm black fruit, some subtle oak char and refined grip. Give it five or 10 years to really shine.
They also list the ’05 Hendry Block 24 Zinfandel–we tried the ’03 Hendry Block 28 Zin ($28) over the recent holiday and came away quite impressed (despite the wine being more than 15% alcohol).
Anyway, check out the list!