Food & Wine
Wines Worth Aging: Top Bottles for the Cellar
“This gold-colored sweet wine, full of honey-apricot flavor, is a six-puttonyos Tokay, the highest quality level. Drink now, or cellar for up to 30 years.”
“Only the second Cabernet release from this famous (as Schramsberg) bubbly house. This is a dense, dry, tannic mountain Cabernet, rich and long in blackberry fruit. It’s drinkable and probably at its best now due to soft acids.”
“Slightly minty aromas of blackberry, black cherry, anise and sweet spice, plus a hint of leather. Smooth and velvety with intense, juicy flavors of cassis and red cherry and supple, resolved tannins. An elegant wine that finishes with light touches of mocha, vanilla and toasty oak.”
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“The first Cabernet from the Schramsberg family, this is a valiant effort and a good beginning. Its black cherry fruit aromas have a strong sense of concentration, and that same ripe fruit claims centerstage in the wine’s medium-volume flavors. Supple to start, then tighter and firmer with a bit of heat showing up as it ends.”
This first growth Tokaji from the wonderful 1993 vintage is a favourite of Beverly Blanning MW. “The incredible rich, sweet palate combines smooth, cool, mushroomy flavours and zesty, orange marmalade fruit,” she says. “It is full, with deliciously refreshing acidity and endless length.”
“Less coffee here, with more caramel, tobacco and walnut notes. It tastes like higher alcohol too, lending weight and power, yet the sweetness and acidity are well-balanced. Fine, long, orange marmalade and mineral salt aftertaste.”
Coffee bean, caramel and orange peel aromas and flavors mark this concentrated, powerful dessert wine. Rich and balanced by vivid structure, it’s full-bodied and ends with a tactile impression and an aftertaste of orange.Drink now through 2018.
“Distinctive aromas of prunes and herbs, with the prune flavor continuing, along with apricot, orange marmalade and honey accents. Bracing acidity keeps it from being cloying, lending persistence and freshness on the finish. Drink now through 2025. 25 cases made.”
Complex and maturing, this smells like burnished antique furniture, picking up notes of orange, spice and apricot. Its sweetness is offset by tangy acidity, keeping it all lively and driving the flavors to a lengthy conclusion. Drink now through 2012.
“Amazing. This tastes off-dry, so searing is the acidity of this blazing Tokaji. Combines intense caramel, orange peel, spice and mineral flavors with a gossamer structure and flavors that go on and on. Drink now through 2015.”