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

Tom Eddy 2016 Purrington Chardonnay
95 points
Yellow straw color. Confected, baked aromas of apple streusel, walnut confection, baked pear with brown sugar glaze, and lemon bar with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, complex, long toasted pecan and smoked vanilla bean finish with well-integrated, coating tannins and heavy oak. A beautiful, complex, smoky Chardonnay that can compete with the best of them; relish now or cellar.
Hagafen 2017 Wieruszowski Vineyard Estate Bottled Off-Dry Riesling
94 points
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. A juicy, fruit-packed Riesling with a sunny disposition and elegant style; a Cellar Selection.
Taylors 2017  Riesling
94 points
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of white blossoms, peach and mango chutney, passionfruit, and apple tart with a vibrant, fruity medium body and a complex, long lemon curd, kiwi in cream, and minerals finish with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. A lush tropical riesling that delights the palate with lip smacking acidity and mouthwatering fruit.
Awards: 2017 Top 2 Best Riesling, 2017 Best Australian White Wine
94 points $19 Best Buy
Yorkville Cellars 2016 Randle Hill Vineyard Semillon
93 points
Medium straw color. Aromas of rambutan, poached white pear, underripe apricot, lemon bar, honeysuckle, and dried grasses with a round, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a peppery, stimulating, medium-long walnut, white pepper, and coriander finish. A racy and precise Semillon with a bright future ahead.
Yorkville Cellars 2016 Randle Hill Vineyard Eleanor of Aquitaine Yorkville Highlands
93 points
Light straw green color. Fruity, elegant aromas of ripe apricot, green papaya, coconut, and acacia with a supple, lively, dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, long roasted pine nuts, lime zest, and tart passionfruit finish with leafy tannins and a suggestion of oak. A really nice California take on white Bordeaux; one to cellar with great anticipation.
Yorkville Cellars 2016 Randle Hill Vineyard Amber Folly Semillon
93 points
Bright old gold color. Inviting aromas of wildflower honey, roasted macadamia nuts, tropical fruit cocktail, sumac, dried apricot, manchego, and petrol with a round, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a sleek, complex, medium-long dried pineapple, kiwi relish, and egg washed crispbread finish with well-integrated, medium, fruit tannins. A fantastic skin-contacted Semillon that deserves an excellent meal and the best company.
Awards: 2017 Best Semillon
Kalaris 2014  Chardonnay
92 points
Clear yellow straw color. Creamy aromas of toasted marshmallow, salted caramel, vanilla bean, white chocolate, and hazelnut creme with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, complex, medium-long toasty oak and lemon tart finish with well-integrated, coating tannins and moderate oak. A serious Chardonnay with excellent acidity and aging potential.
Chateau Haut-Meyreau 2016 Sec Bordeaux Blanc
92 points
Light yellow straw color. Citrusy aromas of grapefruit, gooseberry, and lime with a soft, dry light body and a smooth, brisk lemon curd, orange peel, chamomile, and ginger finish with no oak. A wine made to be enjoyed outdoors on a hot summer day!
La Cave d’Augustin Florent 2016  Chablis
91 points
Clear straw color. Aromas of wildflowers, honeycomb, underripe peach, and matchstick with a satiny, crisp, dryish light body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long wet stone, fresh parsnip, and fresh herb vinaigrette finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. A spot-on Chablis with a sense of harmony and great minerality.
One Woman 2016  Gewurztraminer
90 points
Yellow straw color. Exotic aromas of lychee candies, beeswax, botan rice candy, and lily with a velvety, lively, dryish medium body and a tingling, complex, medium-long starfruit confiture, kaffir lime leaf, coriander, galangal, and fresh coconut meat finish. An exotic, super-bright, dry Gewurztraminer for sophisticated pairings.