Smart Wine Splurges

Some pricey bottles aren't worth the money. Here, six that are.
2007 Woodenhead Russian River Valley Pinot Noir ($42). Photo © Theo Morrison.
2007 Woodenhead Russian River Valley Pinot Noir ($42). Photo © Theo Morrison.

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 Autard—known to Rhône lovers but few others—keeps 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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PUBLISHED October 2010

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