November 15th top-scoring Cellar Selection, Editors' Choice and Best Buy.
Top Shelf November 15, 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 Delas Frères 2003 Les Bessards (Hermitage); $146. Incredibly rich, velvety-textured and long, this is a great example of Hermitage from a superripe vintage. Dense but not excessively heavy, with a panopoly of nuance ranging from spice and herb to black olive and espresso. Wow!|
|Editors' Choice||95 Longoria 2004 Fe Ciega Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills); $43. Firm in acids, even with some tannins, yet not at all hard, this is a magnificent Pinot Noir. It floods the palate with cherry pie, cola, mocha, Asian spices and a sweet, smoky, buttery phyllo pastry quality. Yet the wine is dry.|
|Best Buy||91 Domaine de la Guicharde 2003 Cuvée Genest (Côtes-du-Rhône Villages); $14. This is wonderfully fragrant and spicy, filled with scents of garrigue, baking spices and anise, yet shows plenty of ripe, mouthfilling fruit. Elegant, complex and a fantastic value.|