The 1999 Clos La Chance scored 18+ points (gold) on the 20-point Dionysian scale. It had13.8% alcohol, a bit high, cost under $25 and was remarkable at 20 years old. The wine comes form the Santa Cruz Mountains, and was very similar to a high quality Burgundy.


Served with shrimp as the main item, the wine rounded out the meal perfectly.


Grilled shrimp over sautéed zucchini with a remarkable Chardonnay. My wife keeps getting better and better after 51 years.

It was gold. It had caramel, cooked apple, vanilla ,  and was balanced. It continued to open and change for over an hour. Co-owner Brenda Murphy’s maiden name was LaChance. It is oaky, but it wasn’t  over-oaked.

Anytime I sample an old Californian wine, I worry, but the Clos La Chance proved some do age well.  In Vino Veritas.