While most tipplers consume wine shortly after purchase, cellaring this trio from Vintages will reap future rewards.
Solar de Castro Vendimia Seleccionada 2009, $14.95
From Bodegas Domeco de Jarauta, this biodynamic Rioja is an 80/20 blend of Tempranillo and Garnacha. Serve with saucy Miami ribs.
Ponce notes: “The bouquet is like sticking your nose into a bowl of blueberries drizzled in balsamic vinegar. It’s a complex, layered wine that’s drinking well now and will rock like a hurricane in five years.”
Domaine des Malandes Chablis 2010, $18.95
From Burgundy’s northernmost district, this cool-climate Chardonnay is completely unoaked. Pour with a pre-dinner platter of oysters.
Ponce notes: “A nose of lemon zest and white flowers yields to an impeccably balanced wine with a classic flinty finish. A relative steal at $19, it will fully bloom after a few years.”
PONCE PICK: Patrizi Barolo 2008, $23.95
Made from the Nebbiolo grape in Piedmont, Barolo is one of Italy’s most prized wines. Since it rarely sells for less than $35, snap this bargain up before it disappears.
Ponce notes: “Delicious aromas of maraschino cherry and rose petals are a tease: This brutally tannic red is currently a closed fist. Give it a decade to open up, then pop the cork with Pecorino.”