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Whether you’re shopping for a serious wine lover or someone special who deserves a delicious experience this year, there is no finer expression of appreciation and affection than a bottle of top-quality vintage wine. Unique, age-worthy wines and spirits are found all around the wine-producing world. Please read on to learn about some of our vintage favorites.
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Chateau Cos d’Estournel Saint-Estèphe 1997
Due to its moist, clay-rich soils, the wines of Saint-Estephe (in Bordeaux’s left bank) are distinguished by greater richness and substance than those from renowned neighboring communes of Pauillac, Saint-Julien, or Margaux.
Chateau Cos d’Estournel is one of two Second Growth estates in Saint-Estephe and its wines are among Bordeaux’s most highly regarded. Although wine critic Clive Coates describes Saint-Estephe’s wines as being “occasionally a little too tough for their own good,” he lauds Chateau Cos d’Estournel as exceptional for “both the power and the finesse, both the body and the delicacy, both the backbone and the fruit.” Cos d’Estournel is acknowledged as one of the best of the 1997 vintage, in which baked cherry and soft elderberry coalesce with chocolate, brioche and sultry mulling spice. This wine is powerful and silky, with a wonderfully long, rich finish.
Bodegas Muga Rioja Gran Riserva 1970 / 1976 / 1980 / 1981
Located in Spain’s northern Rioja Alta region, Bodegas Muga is a venerable and versatile producer known for embracing both traditional and modern winemaking styles.
Traditional by definition, this vertical collection showcases four unique and contrasting vintages of Bodegas Muga’s stunning Rioja Gran Riserva. These Riojas show fascinating depth and variation in their profiles: 1970 is a suberb, long-lasting year for Rioja and the Muga Gran Riserva is comparable in elegance and depth to a well-aged Bordeaux. Vibrant notes of red fruit and plum are grounded by robust earth and smooth, integrated tannins. This wine a full-bodied showstopper! Showcasing a more delicate side of Rioja, the 1981 is lighter bodied, ready to drink, and reminiscent of aged Barolo with beautiful bricking and dark tar notes buoyed by light candied fruit. This quartet of wines is a thoughtful gift for the curious wine drinker or lover of strong, supple reds.
Warre Vintage Port 1963
A gift for the serious hedonist (or for that person who could stand to be a little more hedonistic...), nothing engulfs the body and spirit quite like a sip of port on a solitary winter afternoon or after dinner with friends. 1963 was a benchmark year for port. The carefully crafted brands have endured half a century and are now drinking beautifully! Wine Spectator describes Warre’s as "extremely impressive, with beautifully balanced, harmonious sweet fruit on the palate. Medium ruby-red, ripe cherry and cassis aromas, medium-bodied, with rich, velvety fruit flavors, full, soft tannins and a powerful finish."
Pahlmeyer Merlot Napa Valley 2004
Pahlymeyer’s exceptional California mountain vineyards have yielded some of the most bold, balanced, and elegant Bordeaux-style wines to date For the Napa fanatic in your life, this is an extravagant, brawny beaut of a Merlot that requires at least a couple of hours in the decanter to allow the alcohol and oak to settle in. The reward for such patience is a magnificent, muscular, deep-purple wine that offers up lavish loads of dark berry, plum, espresso, toast, and spicy anise notes with a bittersweet chocolate finish.
-The Staff at Winfield-Flynn