Cellar Selections

About Cellar Selections

Cellar Selection is a designation for wines or beers that our tasting panels feel will improve with proper aging in climate-controlled conditions, like a wine cellar or basement. 

For a red wine, is usually because its tannins are too firm or coarse at present, however there are enough flavor and structural elements to emerge and refine over time as the tannins precipitate out of the wine and settle as sediment.  For white wines, sugar and acidity are the key factors and many substantial dessert and sparkling wines, like Eisweins, Sauternes, and Champagnes, can benefit from aging—their flavors becoming more integrated and secondary or tertiary nutty, yeast-driven flavors emerging. Certain higher-acid white wines like Rieslings and Gruner Veltliners can also develop many interesting age-induced characteristics, in particular an amplification of mineral and “diesel” notes.



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Best Cellar Selections For Dessert Wine

Parallel 44 2016 Estate Ice Wine Wisconsin Ledge
95 points
$55
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of golden raisins, dried apricots, butter roasted nuts, and kidd leather with a tangy, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and an interesting, long finish conveying notes of caramelized green apples and citrus and honeyed spiced peaches. A great American ice wine that drinks like a fine Austrian or German riesling eiswein.
Cranswick 2010 Botrytis Semillon Semillon
89 points
$19
Brilliant golden amber color. Mature aromas of petrol, dried apricot, tepache, beeswax, and saffron with a round, crisp, sweet medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length golden raisin chutney, thyme, lavender, and lemon zest finish. An elegant semillon for dessert that has years of graceful aging ahead.
Narmada Winery 2009 Allure Dessert Wine Virginia
87 points
$36
Indigo color. Grassy aromas and flavors of carob bar, dried berries, dried tarragon, and tomato vine with a supple, crisp, fruity sweet medium body and an odd, breezy finish with notes of nutskin, cranberry relish, potting soil, and coffee cherries with dusty tannins and light oak flavor. A earthy,bright and tannic dessert wine for cheeses; give this a bit of time to blossom.