What's Good On Your Shelves?

Time to share!


Today I'm turning the tables. Instead of just writing stuff for you all to read, how about a little reciprocity?

For starters, I doubt that you noticed, but resolution #5 on my list of New Year's resolutions reads as follows:

I'm Not Buying any Wine for My Cellar in 2013*

Yes, there are some exceptions, hence the * but I'm testing myself to see how far I can take this. One benefit to my audience is that I will be posting on some of the great deals that I might have taken advantage of had it not been for this possibly ill-advised moratorium on cellar expansion.

Wine I Did Not Buy Today will feature all those Burgundies, Barolos, freak wines and classic Cabs that I filled my cellar with in 2012. If you have a great deal, send it my way and I'll see if it might be a Wine I Did Not Buy Today!

On a related note, I also published a list of four wines that I expect will be hot in 2013. This is the year for Chianti, Rioja, affordable Bordeaux, and some of the better California Cabs to take off. Combining value, quality and availability, they're wines that can satisfy a connoisseur, yet are perfect for just about anybody getting into wine.

So another question for you, do you agree? And if so, what are your picks in each or any of the categories that you think consumers should be aware of? There are only so many wines I can try each year, and I don't profess to be some sort of vinous guru, so your help in shining a light on the best and the brightest is always appreciated!

In truth, my list started out with 5 wines, but I had to trim the article for length, and also because wine #5, St. Joseph, may not meet the availability criteria for really taking off this year. But in light of both stylistic changes among producers in the Northern Rhone, as well as some significant jumps in pricing and the rather limited nature of many of the wines, I expect that I'll be getting my Northern Rhone Syrah fix mostly from St. Joseph and Crozes-Hermitage once I start buying wine again! Although I still hold out hope that several great producers in Cote Rotie will not yet be discovered.

I know it's in bad taste, but how about sharing one or two of your gems out there. What wines should savvy shoppers be looking for today? Here are the last three wines I bought, all great values and worth stocking up on. Putting my money where my mouth is!

2010 Domaine Vincent Paris St. Joseph $27

2010 Saint Cosme Saint Joseph $36

2009 Castellare di Castellina Chianti Classico Riserva Il Poggiale $30

No matter what, this is going to be an exciting year, filled with discoveries and frustrations as it were. Here's looking forward to sharing some of it with you.

Good luck and wishing you all a healthy, happy, and prosperous 2013!


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  • Snooth User: GoldFork
    1166732 257

    Fattoria del Cerro Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2009 $19.00

    Tenute Silvio Nardi Brunello di Montalcino 2007 $45.00

    Chateau Cambon La Pelouse Haut-Medoc Cru Bourgeois Superieur 2009 $24.00

    Jan 04, 2013 at 5:22 PM

  • 2008 Bodegas y Viñedos Paixar Mencía Bierzo
    Beautiful tanins, nice palate fullness, although enjoyable now (decant 2-3 hr.) I prefer to cellar a few more years as this will be an exceptional drink for sure.

    2007 Le Macchiole Paleo Rosso Toscana IGT
    Balanced and quite good at this early age. Opened 2-3 hours before. Good now but better in a few years.

    2001 Hunt Cellars Rhapsody in Red
    Strawberry jam, plums and dark berries added little smoke pepper with smooth finish. still enough tanning to lay down a few more years to complete this gem.

    Jan 05, 2013 at 10:16 AM

  • Snooth User: jamessulis
    Hand of Snooth
    426220 1,722

    2007 Cougar Crest Cabernet Sauvignon is waiting it's turn in my wine rack. There are a few that will be consumed first saving the Cougar Crest for my birthday in March.

    Jan 05, 2013 at 1:32 PM

  • Snooth User: brujazz
    532433 11

    Yes, I'm "lucky"enough to be on the Kosta Browne, Williams Selyem and Kistler allocation lists and they're in my closet and are absolutely great. But, here's some wines, on my shelf and of equal quality to those big guys, and at almost half the price. They all come from Sonoma County's, Simoneau Vineyards. Their 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2010 Fenceline Meritage, both at $45 per bottle and their 2010 Brenda Lee Chardonnay ($35 a bottle) are all very special, drinkable now and have five plus years of maximal enjoyment ahead of them!

    Jan 07, 2013 at 3:01 PM

  • Snooth User: Chrede
    820110 7

    2009 Nicolas Potel, Gevrey-Champertin € 40,-
    2009 Nicolas Potel, Nuits-Saint-Georges € 40,-
    2006 Verbena, Brunello di Montalcino Riserva € 25,-
    All worth waiting for... :-)

    Jan 08, 2013 at 1:51 PM

  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
    Hand of Snooth Voice of Snooth
    89065 238,748

    Awesome comments from everyone. Thanks for sharing! I might be using these in an upcoming article.

    Jan 11, 2013 at 2:33 PM

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