The $2500 Wine Cellar

Part 1: Getting started with Rioja and Beaujolais


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Rioja Reserva

If you’ve been reading some of my recent coverage of Rioja, you should not be surprised to find these wines featured so prominently here. Not only are the wines delicious on release, they are ready to improve in the bottle for years to come. As such, they are ideal wines to begin a cellar with.

One of the issues with more expensive wines for the cellar is they often taste like hell warmed over when young. These Rioja Reservas all exhibit rich ripe fruit and the classic tell-tale oak that is one of the signature elements of the Rioja taste profile.

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  • Snooth User: SPLOG2
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    Penfolds Bin389

    Jan 05, 2012 at 1:56 PM

  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
    Hand of Snooth Voice of Snooth
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    Love it!
    Great call.

    Jan 05, 2012 at 3:00 PM

  • Quinta do vale meao meandro 2008 $22-25

    Jan 05, 2012 at 7:48 PM

  • Snooth User: JC YYC
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    I like almost all penfolds. I have 01's to 06's of various bin 28, bin 389, bin 2, bin 128, and 05 st Henri

    Jan 06, 2012 at 1:38 AM

  • Should I serve this wine or keep it ?
    Sinatra Merlot 2001?

    Jan 14, 2012 at 1:26 PM

  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
    Hand of Snooth Voice of Snooth
    89065 238,749

    that's a wine that would be best consumed sooner rather than later. It's from a good vintage but was meant to be approachable on release.

    Jan 16, 2012 at 10:49 AM

  • Have only found this first part...where can i find the rest, as i am quite interested in the complete article? Thks

    Jan 06, 2013 at 7:33 PM

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