Top Shelf

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




Top Shelf September 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  Harlan 2002 Red Wine 99 Harlan 2002 Red Wine (Napa Valley); $245. Brilliant now, virtually flawless and totally delicious, yet has the impeccable balance to age and even improve over the years. Pre-release price; secondary markets will have driven it far higher. Drink now through at least 2020.
Editors' Choice  Dr. Pauly Bergweiler 96 Dr. Pauly Bergweiler 2004 Bernkasteler Badstube Riesling Eiswein (Mosel-Saar-Ruwer); $90/375 ml. Reasonably priced for an eiswein, this immensely thick, oily offering coats the palate with intense sweetness, but also succulent flavors of flower syrup, ultraripe pears and apricots.
Best Buy  Burgáns 2005 Albariño 90 Burgáns 2005 Albariño (Rías Baixas); $12. Defined by ripe peach and melon aromas, fresh yet full-bodied fruit flavors, and a smooth finish. One of the best values in Albariño.

 

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