Don’s August Collector’s Series Top Picks

miller-wine-works-sage-canyon-napa-syrah-2007This month’s Collector Series Top Picks give me palpitations.  Not only are the wines tantalizing, picking just two wines this month makes me uneasy. So, here we go.  Miller Wine Works 2007 Sage Canyon Napa Syrah has to be my first Top Pick.  It’s a big beautiful wine that highlights the quality and value to be had from one of California’s top garagistes.  Not all of the best Napa Valley wines come from big names or corporate conglomerates as Gary Miller’s 2007 Sage Canyon Syrah will attest.  One taste of this wine and you’ll know why it gets one of my Top Picks and scored 96 points and earned the Platinum Medal at the Consumer Wine Awards in Lodi, California.  My second Top Pick is a split decision.  Both the 2011 Colli di Lapio Fiano di Avellino and the 2006 Luis Canas Rioja Reserva Selección de la Familia are at the top of their game, and both have garnered tremendous press and are in very limited supply.  Hence, the split decision.  Both wines please me immensely, but for different reasons, so take your pick!  A votre santé.