Best Buys


     April 2007

From the 1,402 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.

EV  I Montpellier $7
2005 California Pinot Noir
Full of sweet red raspberry fruit, this quaffable pinot noir is ready for grilled pork tenderloin sandwiches.
Montpellier Vineyards, St. Helena, CA
GV  I Stone Cellars by Beringer $8
2004 California Shiraz
This thick, dark shiraz ends clean, with a dry savor for braised beef.
Stone Cellars, Napa, CA
GV  I Badia a Coltibuono $10
2004 Toscana Cancelli
This blend of sangiovese and syrah combines a sleek texture with rustic fruit and plenty of youthful tannin to meld with a steak.
Coltibuono, USA, Napa California
GV  I Edna Valley $15
2005 Edna Valley Paragon Pinot Noir
An informal pinot noir, this is light, balanced and fresh. Buy it by the case to enjoy with cured sausages.
Edna Valley Vineyard, San Luis Obispo, CA
EV  I Domaine de la Noblaie $15
2004 Chinon Les Chiens-Chiens
This is stylish and elegant, with deep, dark aromas of tobacco, clove, black cherry and blackberry. It's delicious now, and will be even better with age.
Jon-David Headrick Selections, Chapel Hill, NC
GV  I Wente $10
2005 Monterey Riesling
The lush, tropical fruit and hint of botrytis in this Monterey County riesling will cool even the spiciest Thai green curry.
Wente Vineyards, Livermore, CA
GV  I Geyser Peak $13
2005 Alexander Valley Chardonnay
This tart, gentle chardonnay needs nothing more than roast chicken to match its sweet warmth.
Geyser Peak Winery, Geyserville, CA
GV  I Rocca delle Macie $13
2005 Maremma Occhio a Vento Vermentino
This nutty white has lemon-pith flavors with enough zest and freshness for pan-fried trout.
Palm Bay Imports, Boca Raton, FL
GV  I Wieninger $14
2005 Wiener Riedencuvée Riesling
Fragrant and silky, this shows bright nectarine and lime flavors encased in a sleek, racy structure.
Vin Divino, Chicago, IL
EV I Friedrich-Wilhelm-Gymnasium $15
2005 Mosel Graacher Himmelreich Kabinett Riesling
With full, fragrant pear and citrus flavors and juicy acidity, this supple, long wine is very inviting.
Chatham Imports, NY

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