This issue's top-scoring Cellar Selection, Editors' Choice and Best Buy.
Top Shelf April 2007
Here's a look at this month's top-scoring Cellar Selection, Editors' Choice and Best Buy. For full tasting notes on these and hundreds of other wines, visit our Buying Guide.
95 Tua Rita 2004 Redigaffi (Toscana); $275. This 100-percent Merlot's top-notch performance starts off with a beautiful, saturated ruby red color and continues with soft, well-defined aromas of sweet milk chocolate, clove, ground cinnamon and forest berries. Secondary aromas are of vanilla, licorice and toast. The wine is amazingly lively in the mouth with voluptuous, liquid chocolate-like flavors and an extra-long finish. Imported by Winebow. —M.L.
95 Foley 2004 Rancho Santa Rosa Syrah (Sta. Rita Hills); $30. Inky dark and saturated, with scads of glycerine, this advertises itself as the serious young wine it is. Erupts with cascades of white pepper, violets, cassis, plum pudding, rum, molasses, sweet kid leather, root beer and more. In the mouth, the primary fruit is black cherries and kirsch, while the new oak and glycerine makes for a rich, honeyed, almost unguent mouthfeel. Should gain additional complexities through the next eight years. —S.H
90 Pure Love Wines 2005 Layer Cake Shiraz (Barossa Valley); $15. A new project from Jayson Woodbridge (the owner of Napa's Hundred Acre label), Layer Cake refers to the soils of his Barossa Vineyard, but it could equally apply to the richness and density of the wine. It's creamy in texture, and filled with blueberries, spice and everything nice, finally ending with hints of coffee and chocolate. Imported by Vintage Point. —J.C.