Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Who's Organic on Wine Spectator's Top 100 List?

Wine Spectator released its Top 100 Wines of 2016 list this week and it's filled with quite a few surprises.

While the list in past years has focused on ultra expensive wines, this year's list includes many wines that range in price from $15-20.

A few U.S. wines from certified organic vines made the list, including:

20. Turley Zinfandel, Ueberroth Vineyard, 2013, $48
From a consummate producer of old vine Zin

47. Hall, Cabernet Sauvignon, 1873, 2014, $80
A Napa Cab from a single vineyard in St. Helena

68. Lemelson Vineyards, Pinot Noir, Thea's Selection, 2014, $30
A wonderful, affordable Oregon Pinot that includes grapes from all six of the estate's vineyards

73. Korbel, Organic Brut, NV, $14
A surprise to be sure - a mass produced sparkling wine sourced from Central Valley Colombard and Sangiovese, no less.

In addition, an honorary mention goes to a wine that is in transition to organically farmed vines:

7. Ridge Vineyards, Cabernet Sauvignon, Montebello, 2012, $175
One of America's greatest wines, every year

I apologize to any foreign, organic producers who I may have missed.

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