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Wine Spectator Online's Daily Wine Picks

Back by popular demand, <i>Wine Spectator Online</i> brings another diverse round of outstanding wine picks. Here you'll find a perfect bottle for even the most discerning tastes, including a couple of well-priced sparklers to ring in the holiday season in style.

Back by popular demand, Wine Spectator Online brings another diverse round of outstanding wine picks.

Here you'll find a perfect bottle for even the most discerningtastes, including a couple of well-priced sparklers to ring in theholiday season in style.

Under $15

Domaine Ste. Michelle Brut Columbia Valley NV
(87 points, $12)
Smooth and generous fizz, appealing for the lime and tangerineaccents to the pear and toast flavors, lingering well. Drink now.195,000 cases made.
-- Harvey Steiman

Pierre Boniface Vin de Savoie Apremont 2005
(87 points, $14)
Fresh, with touches of elegance and fresh flavors of lanolin,honey, spice and ripe apple. The finish is redolent of melon. Drink nowthrough 2008. 60,000 cases made.
-- Kim Marcus

Goats Do Roam Wine Company Chardonnay Paarl Goat Door 2006
(87 points, $14)
Clean-cut melon and pear flavors with a round, fresh finish. Nice unadorned style. Drink now. 6,800 cases made.
-- James Molesworth


Mumm Napa Brut Napa Valley Reserve NV
(90 points, $25)
Complex, with austere apple, pear and pleasant earth and mineralflavors that are firm and vibrant, finishing with a cleansingaftertaste. Drink now through 2009. 8,000 cases made.
-- James Laube

J.C. Pichot Vouvray Domaine Le Peu de la Moriette 2005
(89 points, $15)
Off-dry, with enticing quince, fig and bergamot flavors, backed bya spicy finish. Nice definition from start to finish. Drink now through2009. 8,700 cases imported.
-- James Molesworth

L'Ecole No. 41 Merlot Columbia Valley 2004
(89 points, $30)
Crisp in texture and generous in flavor, offering currant andblackberry fruit that's shaded with herbal notes as the finish lingers.Drink now through 2008. 6,843 cases made.
-- Harvey Steiman

Finca Allende Rioja 2003
(90 points, $27)
Expressive and harmonious, this modern red balances plum, cassis,coffee, mineral and herb flavors in a plush texture, with gracefultannins and a finish accented with spice and lilac. Drink now through2012. 3,000 cases imported.
-- Thomas Matthews

Over $30

Talbott Chardonnay Monterey County Cuvee Cynthia 2003
(94 points, $60)
Wonderful complexity and depth. Offers a mix of youthful pear,apple, melon and citrus, with some mature tropical fruit notes thatpick up a wonderful graham cracker and cinnamon spiciness that'senticing. Drink now through 2009. 430 cases made.
-- James Laube

Niepoort Douro Redoma Red 2004
(93 points, $55)
Minerally, with a ripe, spicy aroma and loads of kirsch, dark plumand dark chocolate flavors. Silky tannins with an explosive creaminessmidpalate. Drink now through 2012. 1,525 cases made.
-- Kim Marcus

Domaine Carneros Le Reve Carneros 2000
(92 points, $65)
A ripe Chardonnay with complex aromas of dough, vanilla, spice andhazelnut that turn rich and creamy on the palate, offering a mix ofconcentrated flavors with a measure of delicacy and finesse. Drink nowthrough 2011. 4,000 cases made.
-- James Laube