Top Shelf

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



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Top Shelf December 1, 2006

Here's a look at this issue'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   95 Bouchard Père et Fils 2004 Montrachet; $600. This wine is deceptive. At first smell and taste, its spice and green fruit aromas are not at all obvious. It's when you roll it around your mouth that all the layers of flavor emerge. It is powerful and rounded, but with a fine line of minerality.
Editors' Choice   96Chateau St. Jean 2003 Reserve Chardonnay (Sonoma County); $45. What a roll St. Jean has been on with Chardonnay. The vineyards contribute concentrated spicy, tropical fruit flavors and perfect acid balance, while the oak provides elaborate seasoning.
Best Buy   91 Carlos Basso 2004 Dos Fincas Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot (Uco Valley); $10. Sensational wine for the money. The Cab and Merlot work together seamlessly. Tastes warm and toasty, with sweet fruit softened by chocolate and pillowy tannins.

 

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