Editors of Wine Enthusiast magazine have released their picks for the top 100 wines that should bypass the dinner table – for now – and head straight to the cellar for storage.
Unlike other wine lists that identify the top wines of the year, Cellar Selections 2012 is a compilation of wines they say will age into a superb bottle with just "a little love in the cellar."
Because while most oenophiles are aware of the benefits of aging certain bottles, more than 80 percent of wines are consumed within 48 hours of being purchased, while more than 95 percent consumed within six months, editors point out.
Topping their list of top 100 cellar selections are two reds that both received a score of 98.
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.
"A streak of iron and a hint of citrus keep the wine evolving through a long, beautifully balanced finish," editors conclude.
Meanwhile, the wine is drinkable immediately, all the way to 2024.
Price points for the top 10 cellar selections ranges from $40 to $135.
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