The top 20

October 28, 1990|By Michael Dresser

Out of more than 200 budget wines tasted in recent months, these are the 20 that I consider the best. All of the wines are available in Maryland. In most cases, the prices listed are the sticker prices as I found them. Some stores may charge more or less.

BEST RED

1988 Kermit Lynch Cotes du Rhone (France), $8.99.

BEST WHITE 1988 Chateau du Cleray, Muscadet de Sevre et Maine, Sur Lie France), $8.59.

OLD MEDAL REDS J. Y. Multier Cotes du Rhone, Cepage Syrah (France), 1986 Guigal Cotes du Rhone (France), $8.49.

1986 Domaine le Couroulu, Vacqueyras Cotes du Rhon(France), $8.99.

1986 Rosemount Estate Diamond Reserve, Hunter Valley DrRed, Cabernet-Shiraz (Australia), $6.29.

1981 Notarpanaro, Rosso del Salento (Italy), $7.49.

1988 Foppiano Petite Sirah, Dry Creek (California), $7.5(estimate).

1987 Coturri Zinfandel, Sonoma Valley (California), $9.79

1987 Wyndham Estate Bin 555 Shiraz (Australia), $7.19.

1985 Cullens Cabernet/Merlot, Western Australia, $9.99.

1983 Salice Salentino Rosso, Taurino di Cosimo (Italy), $6.19.

1986 Electa's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Dry Creek Valle(California)

GOLD MEDAL WHITES Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Qualitatswein, Joh. Jos. Christoffel-Erben, Mosel-Saar-Ruwer (Germany), $5.99.

1988 Niersteiner Orbel Riesling Spatlese, J. u. H. A. Stru(Germany), $7.99.

1988 Trimbach Pinot Blanc, Alsace (France), $8.69.

1985 Chateau Ste. Michelle Fume Blanc (Washington), $7.89.

1989 Byrd Gewurztraminer (Maryland), $8.39.

GOLD MEDAL ROSES 1989 McDowell Valley "Les Vieux Cepages" GrenachCalifornia), $8.99.

1989 Joseph Phelps "Vin du Mistral" Grenache Rose (California)$9.50 (estimate).

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