Birth Year & Anniversary Gift Wines
We are halfway through Chanukah and less than a week away from Christmas, so if you haven’t figured out what you’re getting friends and family we can help with that. There are any number of tasty treats on our shelves, but for something more remarkable (birth year or wedding year wines for example) please check our wine page for a few ideas. We’re talking 10 - 50 year old wines here people, it’s cool stuff.
Veuve Clicquot 2004 Vintage Brut Rose - $89.99 - The wine has a remarkable energy about it with and smells of fresh red fruits with a tougher to place notion of wild herbs. Great balance, complex flavors, and I would recommend it for consumption morning, noon, or night.
(92 pts Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar)
Moet & Chandon 2006 Vintage Brut - $79.99 - This vintage brut is a rich wine with a creamy mouth feel and a pure, clean finish. Simply a pleasure to drink. (94 pts Wine Spectator)
Leth 1983 Weissburgunder Auslese - $114.99 - This Weissburgunder née Pinot Blanc is a perfect example of thoughtful winemaking. Labeled Auslese indicates a later harvest and thus a concentration of both sugar and acid, so that while the initial impressions are of a rich nectar, the finish is totally dry. More proof that white wines can age as gracefully, if not better, than many reds.
Faustino Gran Reservas
The traditional philosophy of Rioja is for the winery to hold onto and release wines as they become ready. Since they stay in the winery until release they aren’t exposed to the hazards of heat, light, unreliable storage, or being trucked around from warehouse to warehouse and they have been knowingly very well cared for.
As a result these wines are a far more affordable chance to taste properly aged red wines without paying four figures (see what you can find in Bordeaux or Burgundy from top estates with this sort of bottle age). Each one is beautifully aromatic, haunting even, and one could spend hours appreciating the aromas in these wines.
Faustino 1995 Gran Reserva Rioja - $69.99
Faustino 1986 Gran Reserva Rioja - $114.99
Faustino 1970 Gran Reserva Rioja - $174.99
Faustino 1964 Gran Reserva Rioja - $224.99