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The Top 10 Wines of 2006

Casanova di Neri

Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova 2001 97 / $70 Tuscany 4,830 cases made This family-run winery is one of the best examples of the recent winemaking renaissance in Tuscany. Casanova di Neri has excelled with Brunello di Montalcino, the region’s famous Sangiovese-based red, since its debut vintage in 1993. The 2001 is […]

Quilceda Creek

Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Washington 2003 95 / $85 Washington 3,400 cases made Quilceda Creek has a track record of outstanding Cabernets. The wines have gotten even better since owner Alex Golitzin passed on the winemaking duties to his son, Paul. In 2003, Paul sourced more grapes from Champoux Vineyard and less from Red Mountain. […]

Chateau Leoville Barton St. Julien 2003

Chateau Leoville Barton St.-Julien 2003 98 / $75 Bordeaux 18,330 cases made In 2003, Anthony Barton made his greatest wine ever from this second-growth in St.-Julien. Barton’s family purchased the estate in 1826; today, its 111 acres of vines consist of 72 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, plus Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The wines are fermented in […]

Concha y Toro’s Cabernet Sauvignon Puente Alto Don Melchor 2003

Cabernet Sauvignon Puente Alto Don Melchor 2003 96 / $47 Chile 10,500 cases made Concha y Toro’s flagship Cabernet Sauvignon, Don Melchor comes from 25-year-old vines in the Maipo Valley’s Puente Alto vineyard. The 2003 vintage was long and warm, but cool nights allowed for ideal ripening. The Don Melchor, which contains 5 percent Cabernet […]

Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée 2003

Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée 2003 97 / $70 Rhône 5,830 cases made Laurence Féraud established the domaine in 1987 with her father, Paul; today they run it with her partner, Mark Fincham. The 2003 Cuvée Réservée mixes 80 percent Grenache with Syrah, Mourvèdre and other varieties. Despite the wildly hot 2003 vintage, the family harvested late, […]

Lafaurie-Peyraguey Sauternes 2003

Lafaurie-Peyraguey Sauternes 2003 97 / $45 Bordeaux 6,520 cases made Lafaurie-Peyraguey has produced some of Sauternes’ most powerful wines for more than two decades. The 2003 is no exception—Bordeaux’s hottest summer on record produced a full-bodied dessert wine with incredibly intense apricot and honey aromas. To achieve that concentration, the château uses more than 90 […]

Kosta Browne – Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2004

Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2004 96 / $38 California 1,020 cases made Dan Kosta and Michael Browne have joined the ranks of California’s most accomplished Pinot Noir producers since arriving on the scene 10 years ago. Kosta Browne is red-hot, with six of its seven 2004 Sonoma Pinot Noirs garnering classic scores. […]

Kongsgaard – Chardonnay Napa Valley 2003

Kongsgaard Chardonnay Napa Valley 2003 97 / $75 California 1,200 cases made John Kongsgaard launched his own Chardonnay and Syrah brand in 1996, after 20 years as a winemaker for other Napa Valley producers. The grapes come primarily from his shy-bearing, 10-acre family vineyard in Napa, but are supplemented with grapes from Carneros and St. […]

Brancaia – Toscana Il Blu 2004

Brancaia Toscana Il Blu 2004 96 / $70 Tuscany 4,100 cases made Born of the successful team of owner-winemaker Barbara Kronenberg-Widmer and consultant Carlo Ferrini, Il Blu is the flagship of the Swiss Widmer family’s Chianti Classico estate. The family also owns Brancaia in Maremma, on Tuscany’s coast. This perfectly balanced super Tuscan is a […]

Shiraz Barossa Valley Bella’s Garden 2004

Two Hands Shiraz Barossa Valley Bella’s Garden 2004 95 / $50 Australia 1,500 cases imported Two Hands, a partnership of Richard Mintz and Michael Twelftree, has quickly become one of Australia’s powerhouses. Of the half-dozen regional wines Two Hands makes from purchased grapes, the Barossa-based Bella’s Garden Shiraz is always among the best. Sixteen vineyards […]