Top Shelf

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

Top Shelf March 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.


 Taylor Fladgate 2004 Vargellas

Cellar Selection
This 2004, matured in small French oak (hence Nouvelle Vague) is a smooth, sensational blend of grape varieties, rich and at the same time structured, and quite likely to be the wine out of the 10 TBAs Kracher has produced in 2004 to age beautifully. But enjoy it now for the honey, the dry botrytis and the sweet orange peel and apricot flavors. Imported by Vin Divino. —R.V.


97 Taylor Fladgate 2004 Vargellas Vinhas Velhas Vintage Port $240. Bottled in July 2006, this wine remains deliciously open, showcasing floral, violet scents intertwined with rich layers of plum and chocolate. Although the firm structure is evident, there's more than adequate fruit for balance. A lovely combination of power and elegance. Hold. Imported by Kobrand. —J.C.


 Kracher 2004 Nouvelle Vague
Editors' Choice

96 Kracher 2004 Nouvelle Vague Trockenbeerenauslese Grande Cuvée Nummer 6 (Neusiedlersee); $80/375 ml.



Tapestry 2006 Riesling
Best Buy

90 Tapestry 2006 Riesling (McLaren Vale); $15. McLaren Vale isn't known for its Riesling the same way as the Clare or Eden Valleys are, but Tapestry's 2006 effort is a strong one, showing hints of nectarine and tangerine alongside slatey, minerally components. Finishes long and steely, but cushioned just the right amount by ripe fruit. Drink now, although this might age well for a few years. Imported by Portfolio. —J.C

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