Out of the almost 70 wines I tasted over the Memorial Day weekend, these 15 are to me the ones I think you should have in your cellar, if you don't already. I am not saying there are not other wines I would want in my cellar, but if you said, "Matt, top 15 wines regardless of price?" I would say these are those wines (in alphabetical order for it would be really hard to try to rank these).
- Andrew Rich 2001 Pinot Noir $18
- Andrew Rich 2000 Tabula Rasa Red $16
- Andrew Rich 2001 Syrah $22
- AnneAmie 2001 Doe Ridge Pinot Noir $40
- AnneAmie 2002 Viognier $18
- AnneAmie/Chateau Benoit Port (from Syrah) $??? (Tasted a future)
- Carlton WineMakers Studio 2002 Chardonnay $12
- Cronos 2000 Pinot Noir $16
- Cronos 2001 Chardonnay $15
- Keaten-Reed 1999 Cabernet Sauvignon $13
- Mekinzie Ridge 2001 Pinot Noir $30
- Penner-Ash 2001 Pinot Noir $45
- Roads End 2001 Pinot Noir $38
- Tyrus Evan 2001 Del Rio Claret $33
- Tyrus Evan 2001 Del Rio Syrah $28
As I sit and go over my list I am taken back at the number of red wines on the list. So here are a few other white wines that would do well in your cellar.
- Brooks 2002 Riesling $12
- Brooks 2002 Amycos blend $12
- Domaine Meriwether Discovery Brut $14
- Youngberg Hill 2001 Vino Blanc Blend $14
Feel free to discuss this or ask questions about these choices on our Message Board. I try to check in about three times a day, and other people at OregonWines.com are always hanging around to reply also.