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

Tom Eddy 2016 Purrington Chardonnay
95 points
$75
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 flavor. A beautiful, complex, smoky Chardonnay that can compete with the best of them; relish now or cellar.
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.
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.
Yorkville Cellars 2016 Randle Hill Vineyard Semillon
93 points
$24
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
$30
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 flavor. A really nice California take on white Bordeaux; one to cellar with great anticipation.
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
Pebble 2016  Viognier
92 points
$17.99
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Aromas of whole leaf tea, dried peach, white rose, passionfruit, and apricot nectar with a lightly tannic, crisp, dryish medium body and a smooth, layered, medium-long vanilla almond bark and bitter tea finish with drying tannins. A tea-like viognier with exotic appeal; pair with rich meals or cellar.
92 points $17.99 Best Buy
Kalaris 2014  Chardonnay
92 points
$55
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 flavor. A serious Chardonnay with excellent acidity and aging potential.