Editors of Wine Enthusiast magazine have released their picks for the top 100 wines that should bypass the dinner table and head straight to the cellar for storage.
Pointing out that 80 percent of wines purchased are consumed within 48 hours, editors compiled a list dubbed Cellar Selections 2012 — bottles that should be destined for the wine cellar for future sipping.
Here are their top 10 Cellar Selections picks which come from all over the world and range from $40 to $135.
1. Marchesi Antoni 2008 Guado al Tasso, from Bolgheri Superiore, Italy
2. Pirouette 2008 Red Wine, Columbia Valley, USA
3. Chateau Léoville-Barton 2009 Saint-Julien, France
4. Ridge 2009 Estate Monte Bello Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Santa Cruz Mountains, USA
5. Capanna 2007 Brunello di Montalcino, Italy
6. Brundlmayer 2010 Zobinger Heiligestein Erste Lage Alte Reben Reserve Riesling, Kamptal, Austria
7. Quilceda Creek 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, USA
8. Louis Jadot 2009 Corton-Pougets, France
9. Evening Land 2010 Seven Springs Vineyard Summum Chardonnay, Eola-Amity Hills, USA
10. Longoria 2009 Fe Ciega Vineyard Pinot Noir, Sta. Rita Hills, USA
To describe the Italian 2008 Marchesi Antinori Guado al Tasso, made just south of Pisa, editors use the word “wow” for its “incredible intensity and supple softness that builds momentum over many long minutes.”
It’s also a wine that promises to evolve gracefully over time, they say, with a sweet cherry note at its core surrounded by lush, layers of tobacco, dark chocolate and spice. The bottle is priced at $102.
In second place, meanwhile, is a Pirouette 2008 Red Wine from Long Shadows Vintners in Columbia Valley, Washington which retails for half the price at $50.
The blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot is described as rich, dense with “thrilling” fruit flavors of black cherry and cassis.
For the full list, visit winemag.com