The Wine Spectator weighed in earlier with its top 100 wines for 2006, and now it's The Wine Enthusiast's turn, which puts California wines atop the list, the DeLoach 2004 Russian River Valley 30th Anniversary Cuvee Pinot Noir ($45) at the very top, the Chateau St. Jean 2003 Sonoma County Reserve Chardonnay ($45) right behind it.
No local wine made The Wine Enthusiast's top 100 list, but four local wines qualified for the magazine's top 100 best buys, defined as wines costing less than $15: No. 29, Sobon Estate 2003 Amador County Cabernet Sauvignon ($15); No. 35, Sierra Vista 2005 Sierra Foothills Fume Blanc ($13); No. 46, Karly 2003 Amador County Pokerville Zinfandel ($12); and No. 93, Delicato 2004 California Pinot Grigio ($7).