In response to Purple's post...I'll start this thread. No need for a bottle of wine if I were to win (doubtful). I do think and agree we should talk a bit more about wine and leave the politics aside for the most part, as nothing posted here is changing anyone's position. Here Goes:
(1). Luc Morlet: From Peter Michael to his own winery now...I just love the way he makes wine. Powerful but not obnoxious...the fruit shines through and has great complexity. And he can do it all...from Chard to Desert wine. And he does Cab Franc very well.
(2). Thomas Rivers Brown: Schrader and almost everything else he touches. Seems to hit my palate just right. Not manipulated or overly ripe (pruney...hate that)
(3). Philippe Melka. Hard to follow what he is making in Napa anymore...but he has made some stunning wines. The 05 Matisse was just fantastic.
There are many more...but the thread was top three.