Wine Spectator Online's Daily Wine Picks


Editor's Note: The following daily wine picks were originally posted on Wine Spectator's Web site. They are being republished here with their permission.

Stuck in a wine rut? Unleash your inner sommelier with the guidance of Wine Spectator Online. These picks below won't disappoint, whether you're looking for the perfect bottle for a simple dinner or one for an extravagant celebration.

Under $15

Sebastiani Chardonnay Sonoma County 2004
(86 points, $13)
Pure, delicious fruit is on center stage, with fleshy pear, green apple, spice and citrus. Medium-bodied, with a cleansing aftertaste. Drink now. 70,500 cases made.
-- James Laube

J. L. Wolf Riesling QbA Pfalz Saint M 2004
(87 points, $12)
Rich and succulent, this sports tangy citrus and white peach notes, with a hint of white pepper. It's balanced and fresh, with a lingering finish. Drink now through 2010. 50,000 cases made.
-- Bruce Sanderson

Etienne Gonnet Côtes du Rhône-Villages La Font du Vent Notre Passion 2003
(87 points, $14)
On the firm side, with red and black cherry fruit followed by some tobacco and toast on the finish. Fleshes out in the glass, adding depth of fruit. Drink now. 4,000 cases made.
-- James Molesworth


Framingham Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2005
(91 points, $17)
Bright and jazzy, a lively mouthful of passion fruit, green apple and vaguely leafy aromas and flavors that never quit, just keep doing pirouettes through the long finish. Drink now. 15,000 cases made.
-- Harvey Steiman

Glen Carlou Syrah Paarl 2004
(90 points, $22)
Big, juicy Syrah, with dark plum, blackberry and cocoa flavors. Plenty of structure too, with a smoky, muscular finish. Hint of mineral. Drink now through 2007. 7,500 cases made.
-- James Molesworth

Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2005
(88 points, $25)
Crisp and lively, with a fresh celery character weaving through the lime and green apple fruit, finishing with a bit of a rough edge. Drink now. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 8,000 cases made.
-- Harvey Steiman

Iron Horse Chardonnay Sonoma County Green Valley 2003
(88 points, $26)
Rich and creamy, with supple, harmonious vanilla, honey, pear and melon flavors. The acidity keeps the flavors lively on the finish. Drink now through 2008. 10,000 cases made.
-- James Laube

Over $30

Sbragia Family Chardonnay Napa Valley Gamble Ranch Vineyard 2003
(93 points, $40)
Superopulent, with delicious layers of fig, apricot, citrus, honey and smoky oak, with a toasty marshmallow flavor folding in on the finish. Never loses its intensity, finishing with a full-throttle aftertaste. Drink now through 2008. 1,500 cases made.
-- James Laube

Antinori Brunello di Montalcino Pian delle Vigne 2001
(90 points, $65)
Aromas of exotic fruit with cherry, coffee and toasted oak. Full-bodied and verging on jammy, but rich, opulent and fruity. Round tannins. Slightly one-dimensional. Best after 2009. 15,000 cases made.
-- James Suckling

Chateau Lynch-Bages Pauillac 2003
(92 points, $65)
A wine with silky, refined tannins and delicate fruit. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins and a lovely long, textured finish. This builds on the palate. More subtle than I remember. Best after 2011. 35,000 cases made.
-- James Suckling

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