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November 15th top-scoring Cellar Selection, Editors' Choice and Best Buy.



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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.

 

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