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 Red Wine

Amalthea 2015 Legends Edition Europa I Outer Coastal Plain
97 points
$29.99
Medium dark garnet color. Inviting aromas and flavors of dried sour cherries, beets, carrots and root vegetables baked with fresh herbs in a clay pot, and toffee with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, very long chocolate orange peels, creme Anglaise, spiced nuts, and minerals finish with fine, silky tannins and moderate oak. A stunning red blend with cascading waves of savory and ripe flavors and nuances that delight the palate.
97 points $29.99
Cielo 2013 Centanni Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG
97 points
$32.99
Dusty garnet black color. Floral, elegant, mature aromas of Christmas pudding and sweet black cherry, orange blossom and violet candy, new leather, and chocolate cookie with a velvety, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a thought-provoking, endless dried forest berries, salted caramel chocolate truffle, polished wood, and dusted jerked meats finish with fine, silky tannins and moderate oak. Life’s puzzle pieces finally come together when drinking this wine.
Awards: 2017 Top 2 Best Red Wine, 2017 Top 2 Best Italian Red Wine
97 points $32.99
Bells & Whistles 2014  Limestone Coast
96 points
$35
Ruby black color. Spicy aromas and flavors of menthol-mint, cassia, black raspberry, gooseberry, aniseed, peppercorns, and eucalyptus with a slightly chewy, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, subtle, very long orris root, fresh thyme, limestone, and sea salt finish with firm tannins and moderate oak. A knock-out herbal red that highlights the Limestone Coast’s impressive terroir.
FINA 2014  Priorat
96 points
$27
Bright deep purple color. Exotic aromas of rose water, ivory and black olives, black violet and overripe strawberries, and marzipan with a lightly tannic, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long mexican mole, silt, cassis and plum fruit leather, and hint of green pepper finish with crunchy tannins and a suggestion of oak. A dark and mysterious Priorat with great aging potential; reminiscent of exotic perfume.
Awards: 2017 Top 2 Best Spanish Red Wine
1270 a vuit 2009  Priorat
96 points
$45
Dark deep purple color. Mature aromas and flavors of wet leaves, apple cider, overripe strawberry, and stone pine with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length granite, grape candy and maraschino cherry, violet, and leather finish with chalky, well-integrated tannins and light oak. A mineral-like textured Priorat with friendly fruit and floral nuances.
Awards: 2017 Top 2 Best Spanish Red Wine
San Simeon 2016 Estate Reserve Pinot Noir
95 points
$22
Dark minutely hazy ruby black color. Inviting aromas and flavors of fresh cracked black pepper and char-grilled green pepper, boysenberry-huckleberry compote, cedar pencil shavings, and cherry pipe tobacco with a satiny, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, long smoked nuts and cherries, chocolate toffee, and delicate spices finish. A richly flavorful and attractive pinot with powerful fruit and exotic oak notes.
Tenuta Rocca 2013 Bussia Barolo DOC
95 points
$80
Light garnet color. Aromas of red licorice and peony with a tannic, lively, dry medium-to-full body and a refreshing, medium-long black licorice, allspice, dried raspberry, rosemary, and tobacco finish with cottony tannins. A fruity and well-structured Barolo with tannins built for the long haul; this is one to cellar until the finest occasion.
AvinoDos 2015  Cabernet Sauvignon
95 points
$60
Black garnet color. Elegant aromas of ripe cassis, dark chocolate coated coconut, rose petals, caramel, and roasted nuts with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, complex, very long ripe blueberries, hibiscus, pomegranate, and leather patina finish with chewy tannins and heavy oak. A knockout, endless Coombsville cab that is ready to drink or for a slumber in the cellar.
Chateau Lalande de Gravet 2015  Saint-Emilion Grand Cru
95 points
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate espresso bean, toasted sandalwood and pencil shavings, berry pie crust, and hint of lilac water with a bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a distinctive, very long cinnamon roll, craisin and dried tomato, cedar, and earth finish with well-integrated, chewy, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A remarkably complex, spicy, and satisfying young Saint Emilion with an even brighter future ahead of it.
Chateau Les Vimieres 2014  Haut-Médoc
95 points
$78
Deep purple color. Aromas of cedar, black cassis, plum, sweet violet, and anise with a chewy, lively, dryish full body and an effortless, layered, very long bramble, leather, grilled meats, and black pepper finish with firm tannins and moderate oak. A brooding wine with a breathtaking finish that will continue to improve with time.