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. 

In red wines, cellaring will give the wine's initially coarse tannins time to separate and settle, making way for the full potential of its structural elements and flavor to shine. 

In white wines, aging has numerous beneficial effects on sugar and acidity, especially in many substantial dessert and sparkling wines: flavors become more integrated and mineral, nutty, and yeast-driven secondary and tertiary flavors can emerge. 

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Best Cellar Selections For Sparkling Wine

Champagne Langlet 2009 Extra-Brut Champagne
92 points
Straw color. Aromas of brioche with apple compote, white cherry, spice cookies, quince paste, hints of petrol, and chalk with a satiny, vibrant, spritzy, dry light-to-medium body and a sleek, interesting, medium-long golden apples and young pineapple finish with crunchy tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A bright Champagne that seems to have taken an anti-aging potion; sprightly and youthful despite its age and will continue to shine with more cellar time.
Grand Ducay NV Cava Cariñena
90 points
Best Buy
Pale golden straw color. Elegant aromas of almond biscotti, golden apple, brioche with butter and orange marmalade, candied ginger, and rubber with a satiny, lively, finely carbonated, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, nuanced, medium-long sweet almond, tangerine, pineapple, and minerals finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A fabulously balanced Cava with rich toasty notes, singing citrusy acidity and mouthwatering minerality.
90 points $11.99 Best Buy
Carter Creek Family Winery NV Brut Sparkling Temecula Valley
89 points
Yellow straw color. Aromas of violet, mint, crumpets, and lemon curd with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, elegant, medium-long peach, persimmon, sea salt, and biscotti finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A charming Temecula Brut sparkler with great acidity and beautiful, dancing aromas.
Byington 2018 Sparkling Rosé Wine Santa Cruz Mountains
87 points
Pink coral color. Aromas and flavors of sliced strawberries, candied ginger, hints of pastry cream, and slivered almonds with a satiny, tart, finely carbonated, bone-dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-length finish with notes of white watermelon, lime, underripe strawberry, thyme, and minerals with a suggestion of oak flavor. Scintillating acidity and fresh flavors lend this wine to cellaring; unveil its full potential after several years.