Departments — 11 May 2012
American Fine Wine recommendations

After swirling, smelling and sipping more than 600 wines at the fifth annual American Fine Wine Competition at the Boca Country Club, the 24 judges raised Best of Show toasts to two wines from California. A 2009 Il Passito late-harvest dessert wine, from Castello di Amorosa in Napa Valley ($89), won Best of Show in the white-wine category; and a 2009 Manchester Ridge Pinot Noir, from La Follette Wines in Mendocino County, Calif., ($50), won Best of Show among red wines.

The Best of Class wines where a 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon from Daou Vineyards, Paso Robles, Calif.; a 2008 Merlot from Rocca Family Vineyards, Yountville, Calif.; the 10-year-old Noble Companion Tawny Port from Prager Winery & Port Works, Napa, Calif.; a 2007 Red Bordeaux Style Blend from Merriam Vineyards, Sonoma, Calif.; the 2009 Hell’s Kitchen, a Red Rhone Blend, from Jada Vineyard & Winery, Paso Robles, Calif.; a 2010 Sauvignon Blanc from Ledson Winery & Vineyards, Napa Valley, Calif.; a 2005 DVX sparkling wine from Mumm Napa; the 2010 Golden Bunches Riesling from Ferrante Winery, Grand River Valley, Ohio; the 2009 Gluttony, a Zinfandel from Michael David Winery, Amador, Calif.; a 2008 Syrah from Sol Rouge, Lake County, Calif.; a 2009 Chardonnay from Mumm Napa; and a 2007 Cabernet Franc from Peju Province Winery, Rutherford, Calif.

See complete results at Some wines are available or can be ordered through fine wine stores; many can only be ordered from the wineries.

Mark Gauert

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