Smart Wine Splurges
2007 Woodenhead Russian River Valley Pinot Noir ($42)
Woodenhead is an under-the-radar but great Sonoma Pinot producer.
2007 Domaine Paul Autard Chateauneuf-du-Pape ($45)
This was an off-the-charts-luscious vintage. Yet Autardknown to Rhône lovers but few otherskeeps his wines nuanced even in superripe years.
2007 Croft Vintage Porto ($80)
Have a kid born in 2007? Buy some '07 port. Drink it when you're done paying for college.
2001 Château Cos D'Estournel ($140)
Buying top Bordeaux from lesser vintages is a great idea. The 2005 Cos costs twice as much. Plus, the '01 is actually drinking well now.
2007 Melka Métisse Jumping Goat Vineyard ($125)
Star winemaking consultant Philippe Melka is finally concentrating on his own superlative Cabernet Sauvignons.
2002 Dom Pérignon Champagne ($150)
DP is as good as it's reputed to be, and in the superb 2002 vintage, it's even better than that.
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