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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DEEP POCKET WINE OF THE YEAR (OVER $50)

SPARKLING

**Schramsberg "J. Schram" Brut 1999 (North Coast; $90)
 Schramsberg "J. Schram" Brut Rosé 1998 (North Coast; $120)

WHITE

Grgich Hills "30th Anniversary" Chardonnay 2004 (Carneros, Napa Valley; $73)
 *HdV Chardonnay 2004 (Los Carneros; $55)
 Kongsgaard Chardonnay 2003 (Napa Valley; $75)
 Lewis Barcaglia Lane Chardonnay 2005 (Russian River Valley; $60)
 Paul Hobbs Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay 2005 (Russian River Valley; $70)
 Peter Michael "Point Rouge" Chardonnay 2004 (Sonoma County; $175)
 Ramey Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay 2004 (Russian River Valley; $60)
 Ridge Monte Bello Vineyard Chardonnay 2004 (Santa Cruz Mountains; $60)
 Rudd Bacigalupi Vineyard Chardonnay 2004 (Russian River Valley; $60)

RED

Archery Summit Arcus Estate Pinot Noir 2004 (Dundee Hills; $85)
 Beaux Frères Pinot Noir 2004 (Willamette Valley; $75)
 Calera Selleck Vineyard Pinot Noir 2002 (Mt. Harlan; $58)
 Domaine Serene "Evenstad Reserve" Pinot Noir 2004 (Willamette Valley; $52)
 Domaine Serene "Mark Bradford Vineyard" Pinot Noir 2003 (Dundee Hills; $90)
 DuMOL Pinot Noir 2005 (Russian River Valley; $58)
 Foxen Sea Smoke Vineyard Pinot Noir 2005 (Sta. Rita Hills; $75)
 Gary Farrell Rochioli-Allen Vineyards Pinot Noir 2004 (Russian River Valley; $65)
 J.K. Carriere Anderson Family Vineyard Pinot Noir 2004 (Willamette Valley; $65)
 Melville Estate, Small Lot Collection Carrie's Pinot Noir 2004 (Sta. Rita Hills; $52)
 Merry Edwards Klopp Ranch Pinot Noir 2004 (Russian River Valley; $51)
 Merry Edwards Olivet Lane Pinot Noir 2004 (Russian River Valley; $57)
 Patricia Green "Anniversary" Cuvée Pinot Noir 2005 (Willamette Valley; $85)
 Sea Smoke "Ten" Pinot Noir 2005 (Sta. Rita Hills; $70)
 Alban "Reva" Syrah 2004 (Edna Valley; $74)
 Big Basin Rattlesnake Rock Syrah 2004 (Santa Cruz Mountains; $55)
 DuMOL Syrah 2005 (Russian River Valley; $52)
 HdV Syrah 2004 (Carneros; $60)
 *Sequel Syrah 2004 (Columbia Valley; $55)
 Leonetti Merlot 2005 (Columbia Valley; $65)
 Pedestal Merlot 2004 (Columbia Valley; $55)
 Amuse Bouche Bordeaux Blend 2005 (Napa Valley; $175)
 Blackbird Proprietary Red 2004 (Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley; $80)
 Col Solare Bordeaux blend 2004 (Columbia Valley; $75)
 DeLille Chaleur Estate Red Bordeaux-style Blend 2004 (Yakima Valley; $70)
 Opus One Bordeaux Blend 2003 (Oakville; $165)
 Quintessa Bordeaux Blend 2004 (Rutherford; $125)
 Rudd Oakville Estate Proprietary Red 2003 (Oakville; $125)
 Beaulieu "Georges de Latour Private Reserve" Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 (Napa Valley; $110)
 ** Behrens & Hitchcock "Kenefick Ranch Cuvée" Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 (Napa Valley; $75)
 Corison Cabernet Sauvignon 2001 (Napa Valley; $70)
 Darioush Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 (Napa Valley; $74)
 Grgich Hills "Yountville Selection" Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 (Yountville, Napa Valley; $135)
 Groth Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 (Oakville; $55)
 Kuleto Cabernet Sauvignon 2003 (Napa Valley; $60)
 Lewis Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 (Napa Valley; $80)
 Ridge Monte Bello Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 (Santa Cruz Mountains; $135)
 Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2003 (Napa Valley; $125)
 Shafer "Hillside Select" Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 (Stags Leap District; $190)
 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars "Fay" Cabernet Sauvignon 2003 (Napa Valley; $80)

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