Top Shelf February 2008

A look at this month's top-scoring Cellar Selection, Editors' Choice and Best Buy.



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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 William Fèvre 2005 Les Clos Grand Cru (Chablis); $94. Big, powerful, this is the grandest of the grand crus. It has both a great, dense structure and overwhelming fruits. Give this 10 years at least. Imported by Henriot Inc. —R.V.

 

 

 

 


 
Editors' Choice

96 Roessler 2005 Clos Pepe Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills); $50. The wine shows a terrific balance of acids, oak and tannins, with an elegantly silky texture and exquisitely ripe, but controlled, cherry, pomegranate, cola, tea and Asian spice flavors that finish with a lip-smacking, chalky minerality. —S.H.

 

 

 

 

 
Best Buy

91 Gainey 2006 Sauvignon Blanc (Santa Ynez Valley); $13. The Santa Ynez Valley is one of the best homes for Sauvignon Blanc in California, and Gainey is one of the best producers, so this wine is a no-brainer. A great value for its crisp dryness, elegance, and subtle, complex flavors of citrus fruits, figs, melons, minerals and oak flavors. —S.H.

 


 

 

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