Top Shelf February 2008

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Cellar Selection


97 William Fèvre 2005 Les Clos Grand Cru (Chablis); $94. Big, powerful, this is the grandest of the grand crus. It has both a great, dense structure and overwhelming fruits. Give this 10 years at least. Imported by Henriot Inc. —R.V.

Editors’ Choice


96 Roessler 2005 Clos Pepe Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills); $50. The wine shows a terrific balance of acids, oak and tannins, with an elegantly silky texture and exquisitely ripe, but controlled, cherry, pomegranate, cola, tea and Asian spice flavors that finish with a lip-smacking, chalky minerality. —S.H.

Best Buy


91 Gainey 2006 Sauvignon Blanc (Santa Ynez Valley); $13. The Santa Ynez Valley is one of the best homes for Sauvignon Blanc in California, and Gainey is one of the best producers, so this wine is a no-brainer. A great value for its crisp dryness, elegance, and subtle, complex flavors of citrus fruits, figs, melons, minerals and oak flavors. —S.H.

Published on February 1, 2008
Topics: Ratings, Reviews, Top shelf


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