's Cellar

White Wine

Studert-Prum Riesling Spatlese 2006, Wehlener Sonnenuhr, Germany: One of my favorites year after year. Delicious layers of ripe peach and pear. Drink: 2008-2012. 912659 8% M 750 mL  $25.95 Score: 91/100. September 13, 2008 Favorite White Wine. Full Review

Bougrier Signature Vouvray Chenin Blanc 2009, A.C., Loire, France: Vintages Wine Panel: Chenin Blanc at its best, as with this example, features aromas of peach, citrus, lanolin and pear. Chenin is known for its refreshing acidity, thereby making it a fine candidate for cellar maturation. Some Vouvray have been known to last for 50 years or more, but you can try them earlier than that – give this one a more conservative 2-4 years due to more approachable styling. You will, however, also get great pleasure with this highly versatile wine. My note: An absolutely delightful and pretty Vouvray! Lovely floral aromas with ripe peach and pear. Try this wine if you feel you’re in a white wine rut and want something different. Very versatile with food. No heavy oak or alcohol. Amazing price. Drink: 2010-2014. 106880 11.50% MD 750 mL  $13.95 Score: 89/100. December 11, 2010 Full Review

Moulin Touchais Coteaux De Layon Chenin Blanc 1996, AC Estate Btld, Loire, France: Vintages Wine Panel: This ‘moelleux’ (semi-sweet) Chenin Blanc is built to last. Moulin Touchais ages it 10 years before release and it can keep in your cellar for 50 to 100 years. This 1996 is a mere youngster. Ready to drink now, it will gain a more caressing mouth-feel, complexity and depth over time. My note: Opens with ripe melon, pineapple and other tropical fruit. Full-bodied but not heavy. The slight sweetness makes it all the richer and able to marry with dishes that have a touch of sweetness or spiciness. 707307 13.50% MS 750 mL  $37.95 Score: 91/100. February 14, 2009 Full Review

Domaine Roux Père & Fils Les Chaumes Chassagne-Montrachet 1Er Cru Chardonnay 2009, A.C., Burgundy, France: Vintages Wine Panel: This is a simply gorgeous wine. The complex nose carries tones of vanilla, apple, citrus, toasted almond, butterscotch and ripe fruit. The palate is equally rich and rewarding, with great structure and balance throughout. Lively acidity carries through to the end of the lip-smacking finish. Delicious now or it will evolve over 5 years into an even more intriguing experience. My note: Stunning wine! Loaded with green apple and white peach with some butter and smoke and a long almond-infused finish. Drink: 2011-2017. 208512 13.50% D 750 mL  $38.95 Score: 93/100. April 2, 2011 Favourite White Wine. Full Review

Red Wine

Penfolds RWT Shiraz 2005, Barossa Valley, Australia: Vintages Wine Panel: Rich, ripe and focused, with a lovely purity to the blackberry, dark plum and sweet spice flavors, playing against bittersweet chocolaty notes on the long, expressive finish. My note: A flagship wine from Australia. Elegance with power, depth and finesse. Drink: 2010-2020. 564278 14% XD 750 mL  $133.95 Score: 95/100. October 11, 2008 Favorite Red Wine. Full Review