James Laube's Top-Scoring California Rhône-Style Wines
RUTHERFORD GROVE Petite Sirah Napa Valley Spring Creek Vineyard 1999
92 Points • $40
Loaded with dense, rich, ripe blueberry, spice, mineral, leather and black pepper character. Solid tannins.
JACOB FRANKLIN Petite Sirah Napa Valley Chavez/Leeds Vineyard 1999
91 Points • $55
Momentum-gaining, with ripe, plush, concentrated pepper, plum and blueberry flavors. Firm tannins are smooth.
NOVY Syrah Napa Valley Page-Nord Vineyard 1999
91 Points • $35
Ripe, rich and opulent, with gobs of blueberry, anise, mint, wild berry and currant. Finished with depth and concentration.
ROSENBLUM Syrah Solano County England Shaw Vineyard 1999
91 POints • $24
Dark and rich, with intense flavors of coffer, chocolate, mint, blackberry and nutmeg. Wall of well-integrated tannins.
STEPHAN L'Aventure Optimus Paso Robles 1999
91 Points • $50
Ripe, plush and concentrated, with black cherry, plum and wild berry, spice and mineral. Firm finish; supple tannins.