Top Shelf

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




Top Shelf October 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  Quilceda Creek 97 Quilceda Creek 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon (Washington); $95. A supremely powerful yet graceful wine. The acids are firm but unobtrusive, the tannins are ripe and smooth, but substantial, giving the wine some weight and power. As good as anything this superb producer has ever done.
Editors' Choice  Bründlmayer 95 Bründlmayer 2005 Zöbinger Heilegenstein Alte Reben Riesling (Kamptal); $NA. The purest Riesling flavors are to be found in this great wine. It is still very tight and closed, but there is so much leashed power there. Give it at least five years, and it will begin to slowly evolve.
Best Buy  Arboleda 90 Arboleda 2005 Chardonnay (Casablanca Valley); $15. A big-time effort for Arboleda. The mouthfeel is sturdy and intense, with nectarine, honey and toast flavors. Finishes warm but not the least bit dull; powerful and positive.

 

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