Nearly all the states produce wine, but California, Oregon, Washington, and New York are the major American wine producing and consuming regions.
Ever 60 Minutes aired the French Paradox segment, American wine consumption has increased, and continues unabated. Now the U.S.A is on teh way to becoming the largest wine-consuming nation, mostly because the population (exceeding 330 million), and relative wealth. The average per capita wine consumption is still 12 – 13 litres, much lower than France, Italy, Spain, and even Portugal.
California is the largest wine producer of the union, and manages to cerate very fine wines, but in my opinion the very high-end wines are overpriced.
In this release, I scored several red wines 90 plus, but almost all are priced well above my scores indicate.
Oregon produces fine pinot noirs, and now also chardonnay, but the next state north (Washington), is better known for its hearty red wines offers better value.
Below, please find my recommendations:
Chardonnay, 2013, Calera, Mount Harlan Central Coast, California
968925, $ 49.95
Estate Vineyard Chardonnay, 2012, Gundlach-Bundschu, Sonoma Coast, California
400051, $ 34.95
Cabernet Sauvignon, 2011, Cade, Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
325027, $ 112.95
Dominus, 2011, Christian Moueix, Napa Valley, California
212381, $ 176.95
Dominus Napanook, 2011, Christian Moueix, Napa Valley, California
Freakshow Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012, Michael David, Lodi, California
405175, $ 24.95
Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012, Frog’s Leap, Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
932400, $ 68.95
Cabernet Sauvignon, 2010, Grgich Hills, Napa Valley, California
71407, $ 80.95
Monte Bello Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, 2011, Ride Estate, Santa Cruz Mountains, California
89284, No price
Three Valleys, 2012, Ridge Estate, Sonoma County, California
652875, $ 35.95
Proprietary Red, 2012, Pahlmeyer, Napa Valley, Calfiornia
329375, $ 162.95
Brothers Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon, 2011, Rodney Strong, Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
405209, $ 99.95
Merlot, 2012, Shafer, Napa Valley, California
346262, $ 79.95
The Vanguard Pinot Noir, 2011, The Hilt, Santa Rita Hills, California
407841, $ 63.95
Pinot Noir, 2012, Benton-Lave Estates, Willamette Valley, Oregon
255737, $ 37.95
Clay Court Pinot Noir, 2012, Elk Cove, Willamette Valley, Oregon
402263, $ 67.95
Collaboration Series VI, 2001, Force Majeur, Red Mountain Columbia Valley, Washington
406108, No price
Rock island Red, 2012, Ryan Patrick, Washington, Wahluke Slope, Columbia Valley, Washington
403402, No price