San Francisco Chronicle Top 100 Wines, 2013

This year’s list marks key moment for American wine

If the past is prelude, then my conclusion from last year’s Top 100 Wines — that we’re entering a glorious age for American wine — is even truer in 2013. The top wines coming from the West Coast right now are the best in a generation

2011 Skinner El Dorado Viognier ($24, 13.9%): Chris Pittenger’s work at this Fair Play winery continues to push the foothills’ cutting edge, here with a grape too often steered wrong. It’s vibrant but also florid in that Viognier way, with hyacinth, nectar fruit, and remarkable acidity and mineral bite.

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