Astonished to see the assertion that Rioja Alavesa is the finest Rioja area. Might be worth considering the relative merits of the Alavesa Bodegas other than Marques de Riscal and Artadi, with Bodegas La Rioja Alta, Muga, Lopez de Heredia, Martinez Lacuesta, CVNE and Murrieta. Last time I looked Haro and Logrono were not in Alavesa but Alta.
I am sure that Sacramento will prove to be a lovely, possibly great wine but does it need such sweeping rhetoric to sell it - consigning wines that have consistently been acclaimed as great over long decades to a second tier of quality. Perhaps it does? Hmm