Having covered those wines in a bit of detail, I thought it would be fun to follow up with wines that will one day be special, and still won’t break the bank.
The big problem, of course, is that virtually all great wines for the cellar come with impressive price tags. I’m here to help point out those great exceptions! While I probably like my wines with more age on them than most people, the suggestions that follow will benefit from at least 3 years in the cellar and will easily last a decade.
It’s easy for me to start off almost exactly where I left off with my value-drinking email, in Portugal. In fact, one of the least expensive wines from that email is also one of the least expensive wines from this email. The Porca de Murca is a great wine that really blossoms with some time in the cellar. I’m still working through my 2003’s of the regular bottling and it’s a joy to drink. I’ll be finishing them off over the next three years or so and while it’s not the most complex wine in the cellar it has developed a lovely, silky feel. Try the Porca de Murca Riserva for a wine with more power and cellar potential.
Two to Try2006 Quinta do Vale Meao Meandro
2005 José Maria da Fonseca Domini Plus
Since we’re on the Iberian Peninsula I figured we might as well stick around. Spain has so many fine wines that fit the bill here that I could probably write several emails about the great values but I’ll have to limit myself to just a few. To start with, my geek self is drawn to the amazingly-chiseled versions of Mencia that come from the impossibly steep slopes of the Ribeira Sacra. I love these wines, packed with acid and fine tannins, I’ve laid a few down, and while I don’t have much experience with aged versions I’m putting my money where my mouth is and have begun to lay a few, like the 2007 Ventura Vina Caneiro, down.
Two to TryMarques de Murrieta Rioja Reserva
Celler Vall Llach Embruix Priorat
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Two to put in your cellar today2006 Quinta do Vale Meao Meandro
It’s easy for me to start off almost exactly where I left off with my value-drinking email: Portugal.
2007 Ventura Vina Caneiro
My geek self is drawn to the amazingly chiseled versions of Mencia that come from the impossibly steep slopes of the Ribeira Sacra.