The Sommelier | A March Madness wine bracket

March Madness: A favorite time of year  

What’s it got to do with wine you may ask?  Absolutely nothing. However, sixty-plus games over a few weeks gives you lots of opportunities to try a wide array of wines you may like.  100 Pt scores don’t mean a lot in terms of ranking wines. Comparing and contrasting is more credible: Sometimes that $15.99 Chardonnay is perfect for the moment. And is that $500 Bordeaux really worth it?

West

1 Robert Mondavi Winery, Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve To-Kalon Vineyard -2015

15 Querciabella, Chianti Classico 2015

La Rioja Alta, Rioja 890 Gran Reserva Selección Especial

14 Joel Gott, Sauvignon Blanc California 2017

3 Cain Five, Napa Valley, 2015

12 Cline, Zinfandel Contra Costa County Ancient Vines 2016 

4 Antinori, Toscana Tignanello   2015

11 Failla, Sonoma Coast, Pinot Noir, 2013

5 Château de Beaucastel, Châteauneuf-du-Pape  2015

10 Louis Jadot, Bourgogne – 2016 

6  Paolo Scavino, Barolo 2014

9 Ferrari-Carano, Chardonnay Russian River Valley Tré Terre Vineyard Select 2016

7 Lingua Franca, Chardonnay Willamette Valley Bunker Hill 2016

8 Ridge, Lytton Springs Dry Creek Valley

Midwest

1 Chateau Pontet-Canet, Pauillac 2015

15  Bella, Sonoma County Zinfandel 2016

2 Château Mouton-Rothschild, 2015

14  Scarpetta, Pinot Grigio, Friuli, Italy.

3 Petrus, 2014

12  Sonoma-Cutrer, Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2016

Produttori del Barbaresco, Barbaresco Rabajà Riserva 2013

11 Louis Roederer, Cristal 2008

5 Château Lynch-Bages, 2014

10 Gaja, Sperss 2015

6Domaine Leflaive, Puligny-Montrachet 2016

9 Taylor Fladgate, 10 Year Old Tawny Port

7 Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf du Pape La Crau 2016

8 Château d’Yquem, 2005 – Dessert Wine

East

1 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, La Tâche 2015

15 Honig, Sauvignon Blanc 2017

2 Chateau Lafite Rothschild, 2016

14 Silver Oak, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

3 Rombauer Vineyards,Chardonnay 2016

12Rayas, Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc 2015

4 Moët & Chandon, Brut Champagne Dom Pérignon Legacy Edition – 2008

11 Moreau-Naudet, Chablis, Gran Cru Valmur 2016

5 Chateau Pavie, Saint-Emillion Grand Cru 2015

10 Cakebread, Chardonnay, 2016 Napa Valley

6  Bovio, Arborina Borolo 2010

9 Whispering Angel, Rosé 2018, Côtes de Provence

A tribute to Grace, 2014 Grenache                               

8  2018 Weingut Egon Müller, Riesling Scharzhofberg Kabinett

South

1 Bryant Family Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

15 Ramey, Russian River Pinot Noir 2016

2 Bonnes Mares, Domaine Dujac 2016 Red Burgundy

14 Duckhorn, Pinot Noir Goldeneye 2015

3 Chateau Cheval, Blanc 2015

12  Josh Cellars, Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

4 Chave, Hermitage 2015

11  Gervey Chambertin, Dennis Moret 2015

5 Domaine Roulot, Meursault Les Perrières 2015

Joe Linhares is a Bay Area native, former resident of Piedmont, and longtime lover of wines.

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