Only two California labels ranked on the Wine Spectator’s Top 10 Wines of the Year, and both come from the immediate Sonoma area — one from Carneros, the other a Sonoma Valley designate.
Italy, with the top pick, and France dominated the list, released today. But #6, and the top non-bubbly white, was an Aubert Chardonnay Carneros Larry Hyde & Sons 2016. The magazine said, “Mark Aubert is a master of California Chardonnay, and Larry Hyde owns one of the most coveted vineyard sites in the Carneros district of southern Napa County. This wine stands as a testament to their mutual talents and expertise.”
Rounding out the list at #10 was the 2016 Heritage Sonoma Valley from Bedrock Vineyard, “an eccentric mix comprising (50% Zinfandel), Carignane, Mourvèdre, Syrah and Alicante Bouschet, among others,” from Winemaker Morgan Twain-Peterson (son of Zin guru Joel Peterson).
Only one other domestic wine made the list, a 2015 Pinot Noir from Orgeon’s Colene Celemens.