Top Shelf

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




Top Shelf February 2007

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  96 Louis Jadot 2004 Chambertin Clos de Bèze Grand Cru Pinot Noir; $152. If you ever needed to know why Grand Crus are better vineyards and make better wine than the rest, this wine is the perfect example. It has all the richness and opulence of great Pinot Noir, but at the same time, with its firm structure, its plum and damson flavors, it magnifies those qualities into something impressive and long-lasting.

 

 

Editors' Choice  96 Williams Selyem Allen Vineyard Chardonnay (Russian River Valley); $48. This is one of the best Chardonnays I've had this year. It's a tremendously ripe wine, exploding with apricot nectar, peach custard, quince, butterscotch, buttered toast and spice flavors. There's even a spine of minerality. But what really makes it so special is the acidity.

 

Best Buy  90 Bonair 2005 Dry Gewürztraminer (Yakima Valley); $9. This is a very well-made, bone-dry Gewürztraminer that is textural and fresh. The flavors are a perfect blend of grapefruit and floral notes, without being overly perfumy. Good concentration and length.

 

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