“This vast area of historical yet unrealized, potential vineyard land has been and remains a wine pioneer’s dream,” says Wine Advocate
editor-in-chief Lisa Perrotti-Brown of her latest findings in Sonoma County
. “Here there are places where young new winemakers can begin small and humble. Here winemakers can afford to experiment with new grapes and styles.”
Throughout her tastings earlier this spring Perrotti-Brown was pleasantly greeted with new discoveries and outside-the-box offerings that crossed her path. “New faces, new grapes, new styles—yielding far more success stories than failures. And the best part of this story is that even the well-established vineyards continually strive to improve.”
Behold, the top five rated wines from Perrotti-Brown’s latest journey to Sonoma, all rated 98 points and higher.
“Full-bodied, rich and decadent in the mouth, it has oodles of freshness lifting the tightly packed flavors with a very long, wonderfully layered finish.”
“The 2015 Chardonnay Clare is a doppelgänger for a great Meursault, featuring gloriously seductive pink grapefruit, lemon meringue pie and mandarin peel scents with hints of lime blossoms, fresh ginger, struck match and toasted almonds.”
“Once the tertiary flavors kick on this incredible beauty, it could well warrant an even higher score.”
“This should cellar gracefully over the next 18-20 years.”
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