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 White Wine

Fox Hollow Vineyards 2015 Autumn Harvest "Dessert Wine" New Jersey
94 points
$35
Old gold color. Aromas of roasted pineapple, dried apricot, beeswax, and spiced lychee tea with a round, vibrant, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, long salty soy-glazed nuts, huitlacoche, almond paste, cured yellow tomatoes, petrol, and meyer lemon vinaigrette finish. A gorgeous, complex Petite Manseng from unassuming New Jersey with endless port-like complexity and Ausbruch-like sophistication; buy this!
Hagafen 2017 Wieruszowski Vineyard Estate Bottled Sweet Riesling
94 points
$24
Light straw color. Fruity aromas of ripe apricot, juicy pear, lychee, wool, and candied cashew with a round, vibrant, petillant, fruity medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length beeswax, sweet ginger, meyer lemon, and yellow plum finish with no oak flavor. A juicy, fruit-packed Riesling with a sunny disposition and elegant style; a Cellar Selection.
Heron Hill Winery 2017 Semi-Dry Riesling
93 points
$15.99
Best Buy
Clear straw green color. Grassy, green, herbal, hoppy aromas and flavors of cut grass, petrol, flint , starfruit, mango skin , dried pineapple, and passionfruit with a silky, dry full body and a smooth, nuanced, medium-long finish displaying accents of white peach, pineapple, jalapeño skin, ripe pear, peach yogurt, and apple skin with fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A memorable Finger Lakes Riesling with stellar minerality and elegant finish.
93 points $15.99 Best Buy
Iron Hub 2016 Small Lot Chardonnay
93 points
$28
Bright golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of pickled apples, saffron, sliced pineapple, flint, and nutmeg-spiced nuts with a vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, layered, long finish with notes of fine tea with coating tannins and moderate oak flavor. A bright and tropical Chardonnay that will delight lovers of the style.
Youngberg Hill 2016 Aspen Chardonnay
93 points
$40
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of honey graham cracker, peach blossom, rice candy, tropical rooibos tea blend, and flaky croissant with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a sleek, thought-provoking, very long finish displaying nuances of flint with moderate oak flavor. Stunning minerality, concentrated fruit, unique nuance; drink this Chardonnay.
Ledson 2016 Dutton Ranch Chardonnay
93 points
$44
Gold color. Aromas of orchard fruit, toasted brioche, and flint with a vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and a long apple compote, whipped creme, and yuzu finish. A somewhat Burgundian Chardonnay with creamy oak and flinty mineral flare.
Zina Hyde Cunningham 2016 Adelines Vineyard Chardonnay
93 points
$48
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of smoked grape leaves, brown butter, blistered persimmon, and pineapple-jicama relish with a vibrant, full body and a long finish that shows accents of white pepper and toasted Hawaiian bread. A thoughtfully constructed, complex and distinctive Chardonnay with flamboyant, quirky style.
Wakefield/Taylors 2017 St. Andrews Riesling
93 points
$35
Emerald straw color. Perfumed aromas of honeycomb, fresh gooseberry, apricot, yuzu, ripe heirloom apple, lily, and pineapple with a satiny, racy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a silky, nuanced, medium-long fleur de sel and fresh sage finish with no oak flavor. This mouthwatering riesling will continue to add to its array of complex aromas as it ages; lively and fresh.
Wakefield/Taylors 2017 St. Andrews Riesling
93 points
$35
Emerald straw color. Perfumed aromas and flavors of honeycomb, fresh gooseberry, apricot, yuzu, ripe heirloom apple, lily, and pineapple with a satiny, racy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, nuanced, medium-long finish displaying notes of fleur de sel and fresh sage with no oak flavor. This mouthwatering riesling will continue to add to its array of complex aromas as it ages; lively and fresh.
Kirkland Signature 2016  Chablis Premier Cru
92 points
$17.99
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Aromas of ripe pears and apricots, slate, dried white florals, and almond cookie with a satiny, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a complex, long candied pineapple, toasted coconut, barley tea, and lemon-ginger finish with moderate oak flavor. Balance and nuance star in this pure, silky Chablis that is ready to drink or cellar.
92 points $17.99 Best Buy