Behind the scenes of Sunset's Western Wine Awards 2007

Meet the judges, learn how we chose, and read our list of nominated wines

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SPECIAL OCCASION WINE OF THE YEAR ($30 TO $50) 
 
 

SPARKLING

Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs 2004 (North Coast; $35)
 Roederer "L'Ermitage" Brut 2000 (Anderson Valley; $45)
 Soter Beacon Hill Brut Rosé 2001 (Oregon; $45)

WHITE

Araujo Eisele Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (Napa Valley; $45)
 Rudd Sauvignon Blanc 2004 (Napa Valley; $35)
 Dutton-Goldfield Dutton Ranch Chardonnay 2005 (Russian River Valley; $35)
 Dutton-Goldfield Rued Vineyard Chardonnay 2005 (Russian River Valley; $45)
 Frank Family Chardonnay 2005 (Napa Valley; $33)
 Hamacher Chardonnay 2004 (Willamette Valley; $30)
 Patz & Hall Durell Vineyard Chardonnay 2004 (Sonoma Valley; $44)
 Peay Estate Chardonnay 2005 (Sonoma Coast; $48)
 Ramey Chardonnay 2005 (Sonoma Coast; $38)
 Robert Young Chardonnay 2004 (Alexander Valley; $37)
 Sbragia Family Gamble Ranch Vineyard Chardonnay 2004 (Napa Valley; $40)
 Shafer Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay 2005 (Carneros, Napa Valley; $45)
 *Talley Rincon Vineyard Chardonnay 2005 (Arroyo Grande Valley; $40)
 Walter Hansel Hansel Family Vineyards "Cuvée Alyce" Chardonnay 2005 (Russian River Valley; $36)

RED

Argyle "Nuthouse" Pinot Noir 2004 (Willamette Valley; $45)
 Ayres "Pioneer" Pinot Noir 2005 (Willamette Valley; $35)
 Bergström "Cumberland Reserve" Pinot Noir 2004 (Willamette Valley; $45)
 Calera Mills Vineyard Pinot Noir 2002 (Mt. Harlan; $43)
 Cristom "Sommers Reserve" Pinot Noir 2004 (Willamette Valley; $41)
 Domaine Alfred Chamisal Vineyards Pinot Noir 2004 (Edna Valley; $38)
 Domaine Drouhin Oregon Pinot Noir 2005 (Willamette Valley; $45)
 Dutton Estate Dutton-Thomas Road Vineyard Pinot Noir 2005 (Russian River Valley; $48)
 Dutton-Goldfield Sanchietti Vineyard Pinot Noir 2005 (Russian River Valley; $58)
 Iron Horse Pinot Noir 2005 (Green Valley of Russian River Valley; $36)
 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir 2005 (Russian River Valley; $45)
 Londer Pinot Noir 2004 (Anderson Valley; $33)
 Ponzi Reserve Pinot Noir 2004 (Willamette Valley; $50)
 Roar Rosella's Vineyard Pinot Noir 2005 (Santa Lucia Highlands; $50)
 Sea Smoke "Botella" Pinot Noir 2005 (Sta. Rita Hills; $40)
 Stoller Pinot Noir 2004 (Dundee Hills; $40)
 Tandem Sangiacomo Vineyard Pinot Noir 2004 (Sonoma Coast; $48)
 Spencer Roloson Madder Lake Vineyard Tempranillo 2004 (Lake County; $32)
 Ridge Geyserville Zinfandel 2004 (Alexander Valley; $33)
 Beckmen Purisima Mountain Grenache 2004 (Santa Ynez Valley; $40)
 Betz Family "La Serenne" Syrah 2004 (Columbia Valley; $45)
 DeLille "Doyenne" Syrah 2004 (Yakima Valley; $48)
 McPrice Myers Les Galets Vineyard Syrah 2004 (Arroyo Grande Valley; $32)
 Novy Page-Nord Vineyard Syrah 2005 (Napa Valley; $32)
 Peay "Les Titans" Estate Syrah 2004 (Sonoma Coast; $45)
 *PlumpJack Syrah 2005 (Napa Valley; $40)
 Roar Syrah 2005 (Santa Lucia Highlands; $40)
 Rosenblum England Shaw Vineyards Syrah 2004 (Solano County; $35)
 Spencer Roloson La Herradura Vineyard Syrah 2004 (Napa Valley; $40)
 Northstar Merlot 2003 (Columbia Valley; $41)
 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Merlot 2004 (Napa Valley; $42)
 Cliff Lede Claret 2004 (Napa Valley; $35)
 Girard "Artistry" Bordeaux Blend 2003 (Napa Valley; $40)
 L'Ecole No 41 Pepper Bridge Vineyard "Apogee" Bordeaux Blend 2003 (Walla Walla Valley; $45)
 Betz Family "Père de Famille" Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 (Columbia Valley; $48)
 Honig Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 (Napa Valley; $35)
 Amphora Mounts Vineyard Petite Sirah 2004 (Dry Creek Valley; $32)
 Carver Sutro Palisades Vineyard Petite Sirah 2004 (Napa Valley; $46)

 

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