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 Sparkling Wine

Castellroig NV Brut Cava DO
92 points
Best Buy
Clear straw green color. Fresh, yeasty aromas and flavors of greenhouse, cucumber, white flowers, palmier cookie, and dried tropical fruit with a round, vibrant, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an appealing, medium-length finish with soft, fruit tannins. A rich and yeasty cava for celebrations and toasts.
Awards: 2017 Top 2 Best Spanish Cava
92 points $14.99 Best Buy
Bernard Remy NV Prestige Cuvée Brut Champagne
92 points
Light gold color. Leesy, fruity aromas and flavors of white peach, honeycomb, key lime, allspice, and lemon curd on croissant with a round, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, intricate, medium-length raw almonds, buttercream with nutmeg, caramelized root vegetables, and celery leaves finish with fine tannins and light oak. A flavor packed, must-try, NV Champagne.
Deshora NV Brut Cava DO
92 points
Best Buy
Golden yellow color. Elegant aromas of pink apples, baklava, rosemary, baguette with floral jam, lime, and allspice with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a subtle, medium-long white peach, white flowers, apricot flesh and stone, and almond crescent cookies finish with crunchy tannins and light oak. A fine cava with plenty of elegant intrigue sophisticated nuance; try cellaring!
Awards: 2017 Top 2 Best Spanish Cava
92 points $15 Best Buy
City Winery 2012 Brut Nature North Fork of Long Island
89 points
Bright golden yellow color. Fruity, toasty aromas of butter poached apple and fennel with a supple, lively, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, medium-length grapefruit zest, caramel pecan tart, nutmeg, and chalk finish with well-integrated, medium tannins. A crisp and sophisticated domestic blanc de blanc for celebrations.
Veuve Doussot 2013 Cuvee Ernestine Brut Champagne
86 points
Gold color. Yeasty aromas of walnut studded bread, fresh blini with creme fraiche, caviar, and nutmeg with a velvety, lively, finely carbonated, dryish light-to-medium body and a peppery, compelling, medium-length dried chamomile, dried apple, and white pepper finish with fine tannins and light oak. A nice vintage Champagne with pleasing salinity.
Newport Vineyards 2014 Brut Cuvée Sparkling Southeastern New England
84 points
Pale light golden amber color. Yeasty, fresh aromas of apricot, lemon curd, fresh croissant, and roasted nuts with a round, tangy, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an intriguing, medium-length kumquat, sea spray, and bread and butter pickles finish with fine tannins and a suggestion of oak. A tangy sparkler; serve with caviar.