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November 1st top-scoring Cellar Selection, Editors' Choice and Best Buy.
Top Shelf November 1, 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 Bollinger 1996 R.D. Extra Brut (Champagne); $190. The Bollinger R.D. (recently disgorged) is Bollinger's answer to a prestige cuvée. This is a beautifully balanced wine, keeping its acidity, intensity and structure all in balance. It is still so young; could age for years.|
|Editors' Choice||95 Santa Barbara Winery 2001 Lafond Vineyard Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc (Santa Ynez Valley); $16/375 ml. Picked at 38Â° brix, with residual sugar of 12.5%, this is a very sweet wine. It has an unctuous, honeyed texture, but super-high acidity breaks it up.|
|Best Buy||91 Punto Final 2004 Malbec (Perdriel); $11. An excellent, fully ripe and totally structured wine. Ripe, thick and modern, but made right. Perfect with steak.|