Why to buy: It’s easy to forget about how glorious great white wines can be when winter rolls around, but this trio of a cult Chardonnay, dry Austrian Riesling and the best Chenin Blanc in the world showcases whites at their most outstanding. Keep your New Year’s resolution to eat more healthful seafood; nothing shines with tuna and crab, Asian-spiced seafood dishes and lobster like these bottles.
Brandl Riesling Heiligenstein 2010 Kamptal hails from the most famous vineyard in the Kamptal. With its flowery note, hint of rose, impressive structure and balanced aroma—not to mention that lovely just-dry flavor—it has been awarded 90 points by Wine Spectator, and 91 by Wine & Spirits, who awarded it a “Year’s Best” accolade.
Les Cretes Chardonnay 2010 This Italian producer perched in the Alps at the base of Mont Blanc has achieved cult status for its Chardonnay, which is pure and fresh, rich in flavor, with mouthwatering acidity and a lingering finish that earned it 92 points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate.
Nicolas Joly Clos de la Bergerie 2009 Only 3000 bottles of this deep golden Loire Valley Chenin Blanc were made, and it is our absolute favorite in the world. This producer has revitalized the varietal, using biodynamic methods that have instructed other vintners worldwide. It, too, earned a “Year’s Best” from Wine & Spirits, who awarded it 90 points.
Brand: Gilt Wine