2008 Bordeaux wines, silky New Zealand Pinot Noir, rich California Chardonnay lead September 17 Vintages Release wines

Here we are, already mid-month with 58 of the best wines and value wines from the September 17 Vintages Release. As usual, I’m just spotlighting my top picks here, but you can get the complete list of wine reviews.

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2010 Santa Ana Chardonnay La Mascota, Cruz De Piedra, Maipú, Mendoza, Argentina

Simple, buttery and full-bodied with oak and peach aromas. Nice price. Drink: 2011-2014.

$14.95
Score: 87/100
Best Value White Wine

Pair with: buttery lobster, seafood pasta in a rich cream sauce.


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2009 Cartagena Sauvignon Blanc Viña Casa Marin, San Antonio Valley, Chile

Love it! Lime-alive refreshment with chives and lemongrass but not too grassy. Medium-bodied and mouth-watering. Pass the bottle here please. Drink: 2011-2015.

$15.95
Score: 91/100
Best Value White Wine

Pair with: seafood appetizers, grilled asparagus, herbed roasted chicken.

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2007 J. Lohr Chardonnay October Night, Arroyo Seco, California

Buttery, beautiful and round with toasted almonds and hazelnuts inside layers of green and Asian pear. Some baking spice on the finish. Full-bodied and generous. Drink: 2011-2016.

$24.95
Score: 90/100
Top Rated White Wine

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2008 Dog Point Chardonnay, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand

Lovely hazelnut richness yet perfectly balanced with mouth-watering acidity. Peach and pear yet not heavy… this is my kind of chardonnay! Drink: 2011-2016

$39.95
Score: 93/100
Top Rated White Wine


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2009 Michel Torino Malbec Don David Reserve Bodega El Esteco, Cafayate Valley, Salta, Argentina

Especially gorgeous for the price: this has to be an inventory pricing error! This is my new party wine. Wow. Rich blackberry and black plum with mouth-watering juiciness and satisfying full-bodied weight. Drink: 2011-2015.

$12.95
Score: 89/100
Best Value Red Wine

Pair with: gourmet burgers, sausages.

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2007 Finca Flichman Paisaje De Barrancas, Mendoza, Argentina

Drink: 2011-2015.

$17.95
Score: 89/100
Best Value Red Wine

Pair with: slow-cooked lamb stew.

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2008 Château Lacoste Borie , A.C., Pauillac, Bordeaux, France

Classic, beautifully-structured Bordeaux with a lovely smoky, toasty nose that curls itself around cassis and blackberry notes of the cabernet blend. This one will do well in the cellar if you can wait. It's the second wine of Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste. Drink: 2011-2018.

$39.95
Score: 91/100
Top Rated Red Wine

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Seghesio Zinfandel Home Ranch, Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California

Dense with rich concentration and pleasure, Black cherry and raspberry wrapped in smoky oak. Drink: 2011-2019.

$49.95
Score: 92/100
Top Rated Red Wine

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Vincent La Remondière Réserve Crémant De Bourgogne, A.C., Burgundy, France

Terrific bubbly, especially for this price point. Got a big party this fall or holiday: buy a case or two. Wonderfully fresh and toasty with white peach notes. They’ll think you paid triple for this one. Drink: 2011-2015.

$18.95
Score: 89/100
Best Value Sparkling Wine

Pair with: pan-fried freshwater fish.

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2007 Domaine Carneros Brut Méthode Traditionnelle, Carneros, California

Solid and dependable with good value. Toasty with robust flavours of green apples. Drink: 2011-2015.

$27.95
Score: 90/100
Top Rated Sparkling Wine

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