Top Shelf

August's top-scoring Cellar Selection, Editors' Choice and Best Buy.




Top Shelf August 2006

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.

 

Cellar Selection  97 Diamond Creek 2002 Red Rock Terrace Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley); $175.
The wine is so balanced, so distinguished and complete. Decant now if you must drink it, but it should start to mellow by 2008, and then peak and hold through 2015 at least.
Editors' Choice  96 De Loach 2004 30th Anniversary Cuvée Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley); $45.
A huge mouthful of cherry pie and cassis flavor, subtly spiced and dry. This is a gorgeous Pinot Noir that superbly combines power with elegance.
Best Buy  91 Charles Melton 2005 Rosé (Barossa Valley); $15.
This is probably the best rosé that comes out of Australia, and it seems to get better every year. It has an underlying, piquant citrus note, and raspberry and black cherry flavors galore.

 

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