Best Buys

December 2007

From the 1,743 new-release wines our panels tasted for this issue, our critics singled out these ten (all $15 or less) for their remarkable price/value ratio. Suggested national retail prices have been quoted by the winery or importer, but prices may vary, and you may be able to find these wines at a significant discount in your area.


GV  I Eola Hills $10
2006 Oregon Chardonnay
Simple and fresh, this lightly oaked chardonnay has plenty of ripe apple flavor and sufficient acidity to hold up to a grilled chicken sandwich.
Eola Hills Wine Cellars, Rickreal, OR
GV  I Cave de Ribeauvillé $11
2005 Alsace Andante
A blend of gewurztraminer and muscat ottonel, this is perfumed with apple and spice. It's quite rich in texture yet balanced by fresh acidity.
Global E. Selections, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
GV  I Robert Mondavi Private Selection $11
2006 California Sauvignon Blanc
Light and musky with grapefruit and green-olive flavors, this sauvignon will match a Cobb salad.
Robert Mondavi, Woodbridge, CA
EV  I Schumann-Nägler $15
2006 Rheingau Christopher Philipp Riesling QbA
This is firm and focused, wound up in muscular, energetic tension. Spicy, earthy notes underline the grapefruit and lemon-peel flavors, racing towards a tightly wound finish.
Chapin Cellars, Springfield, VA
EV  I Montpellier $7
2004 California Cabernet Sauvignon
This bright, simple red offers juicy, jammy blackcurrant flavor that finishes clean; for barbecued short ribs.
Montpellier Vineyards, St. Helena, CA
GV  I Bonair $12
2005 Columbia Valley Merlot
Rustic and beefy, this wine has cranberry and red cherry flavors accented by molasses and cocoa; for a roast beef sandwich.
Bonair Winery, Zillah, WA
EV  I Georges Duboeuf $13
2006 Julienas La Trinquée
Dark cherry and raspberry flavors are earthy with tannin, a substantial Beaujolais to drink over the next several years with roast beef.
W.J. Deutsch & Sons, Harrison, NY
GV  I Boroli $14
2005 Dolcetto d'Alba Madonna di Como
The peppery tannins in this dolcetto lend grip to its ripe blueberry flavors. Fresh and lively; for grilled sausages.
Dalla Terra, Napa, CA
GV  I Breton $14
2004 Rioja Loriñon
Red cherry flavor runs through this simple, round wine touched with orange zest. It softens to velvet with air, ready for tapas, especially morcilla.
Classical Wines, Seattle, WA
GV  I Villa Mt. Eden $15
2004 Napa Valley Grand Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
A sweet, round pleasure, this is simple and correct, easy to enjoy with a juicy burger.
Villa Mt. Eden Winery, St. Helena, CA

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