The San Francisco Chronicle has released its Top 100 Wines of 2013, a list culled by the esteemed Jon Bonne, and a round of cheers must be going around the Sierra foothills. A number of greater Sacramento-area producers and wineries that sourced their grapes from the area made the cut.
Rhone-style wines from region showed especially strong, including grenache, viognier, grenache blanc and a blend of grenache, mourvedre and syrah from Hollys Hill Vineyards in El Dorado County. Skinner Vineyards of Somerset landed on the list both for its viognier and a grenache, included in the top value category.
Lodi, however, was completely shut out from the list. While its tough to compete with the big dogs from Napa, Sonoma and even the increasingly acclaimed and elegant Rhone-style wines of the Sierra foothills wed offer the following producers as considerations for next years list: the classically styled zinfandel from Lucas Winery, garnacha from Bokisch Vineyards and Uvaggios vermentino.
Nevertheless, congratulations to the following wines for being named among the Chronicles Top 100 Wines of 2013:
2011 Forlorn Hope San Hercumer delle Frecce Amador County Barbera
2011 Turley Wine Cellars Judge Bell Amador County Zinfandel
2011 Skinner El Dorado Viognier
2011 Four Fields El Dorado Grenache
2010 Holly's Hill Petit Patriarche El Dorado Red
2012 Forlorn Hope Que Saudade Verdelho ($24) (Sierra Foothills grapes)
2012 Hollys Hill Estate Grenache Blanc ($22)
2011 Skinner El Dorado Grenache ($26)
Update on Easton:
Last weeks column focused on Amadors Easton Wines landing a spot on Wine Spectators 100 Outstanding Value Wines of 2013.
Winemaker and proprietor Bill Easton wrote in to say the 2011 Easton Zinfandel Amador County is basically sold out. The winerys (10801 Dickson Road, Plymouth; 209-245-4277) sales focus is now on the 2012 vintage of the Easton Zinfandel Amador County. Given the track record for this wine, better grab some while you can.
Call The Bees Chris Macias, (916) 321-1253. On Twitter @chris_macias.