10 Ageworthy, Affordable Wines to Restock Your Cellar

An affordable-looking home wine collection

Is your home wine collection running a bit low? Restocking your cellar—or starting a new one—doesn’t have to be prohibitively expensive or available to only the most devoted wine lovers. Even casual drinkers can easily get in on the joys of collecting and enjoying aged wine. With deals on shipping and case discounts available from retailers across the country, now’s the perfect time to stock up on wine, with your wallet in mind.

Here are a mix of ten red and white wines from Italy, France, Germany, Spain, California and beyond, that will age beautifully and are guaranteed to stand the test of time. Each can be picked up for $40 or less.

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Palmento Costanzo 2016 Mofete Rosso (Etna); $29, 96 points. Intensely fragrant, this radiant red has vivid aromas of Mediterranean brush, myrtle berry, wild cherry, rose and chopped mint. The linear palate boasts great mineral tension alongside flavors of juicy black cherry, blackberry, licorice, wild herbs and smoky minerals, all framed by taut, polished tannins. It’s balanced, with bright acidity. Drink through 2036. Artisanal Cellars. Cellar Selection. –Kerin O’Keefe

Château des Jacques 2017 Clos de Rochegrès (Moulin-à-Vent); $38, 94 points. This wood-aged wine comes from 45-year-old vines in one of the top vineyards in the appellation. Rich and beautifully structured, it has tannins and a firm structure that point to aging. Wait to drink this wine until 2022. Kobrand. Cellar Selection. –Roger Voss

Château la Tour de Mons 2016 Margaux; $28, 94 points. Situated in one of the northern sectors of Margaux, this estate was created in the 13th century. This sumptuous wine has enormous power that is mitigated by the taut, mineral texture and black-currant flavors. It is a finely wrought wine that will take time to age. Drink from 2024. Monsieur Touton Selection Ltd. Cellar Selection. –R.V.

Wieninger 2017 Ried Ulm Nussberg White (Wiener Gemischter Satz); $40, 94 points. Fully ripe, juicy peach and the richness of freshly turned wet earth combine on the aromatic nose. The palate takes these aromatics in a juicy sweep and whisks them away with lemon freshness, concentration and sheer juiciness. The finish is precise and focused on mouthwatering lemon freshness. Oh, Vienna! Drink 2020–2030. Craft + Estate–Winebow. Cellar Selection. –Anne Krebiehl, MW

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Bodegas Faustino 2009 Faustino I Gran Reserva (Rioja); $40, 93 points. Classic Rioja aromas of vanilla, spice, tobacco and dried berry fruits carry this wine. On the palate, this warm-vintage gran reserva has energy from well-stored acidity, while the flavors include cherry, plum, mocha and a plethora of spices. Chocolate and tobacco flavors along with general warmth crowd the finish. Drink through 2030. Pacific Highway Wines & Spirits. Cellar Selection. –Michael Schachner

Buty 2018 Sémillon-Sauvignon-Muscadelle (Columbia Valley); $25, 93 points. Most Bordeaux-style white wines from Washington are Sauvignon Blanc heavy. This one flips the script, along with a heavy dose of Muscadelle that a few wineries in the state are working with. The aromas bring immediate appeal, with notes of whole orange, fig, herb and lees. A full-feeling, textured, flavorful palate follows, redolent with fig flavors. A lingering finish caps it off. It’s glorious with a long life ahead of it. Hard to keep your hands off now but will be best after 2023. Cellar Selection. –Sean P. Sullivan

Domaine Vincent Carême 2017 Le Clos (Vouvray); $40, 93 points. This dry wine comes from organically grown grapes in a single old-vine parcel. With enormous potential, the wine is superbly ripe, showing white fruits as well as minerality, a taut texture and acidity that will soften. Drink from 2021. Cape Classics. Cellar Selection. –R.V.

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Paul Dolan 2017 Made with Organic Grapes Cabernet Sauvignon (Mendocino County); $25, 92 points. This full-bodied wine is saturated in color, aroma and flavor, offering oodles of black cherries and blueberries that are firmly held by fine-grained tannins. The concentration and layering are especially appealing, setting this wine up to age well. Enjoy after 2023. Cellar Selection. –Jim Gordon

The Eyrie Vineyards 2016 Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley); $38, 91 points. This aromatic wine mixes hints of thimbleberries with a light whiff of compost. The flavors follow in line, with wild raspberry fruit and a bit of mocha. It’s firmly anchored in svelte ripe tannins, and just a touch of chocolate. As with virtually all Eyrie Pinots, this should age nicely for a decade at least. Drink now to 2030. Cellar Selection. –Paul Gregutt

Kangarilla Road 2016 Shiraz (McLaren Vale); $24, 90 points. This is a rich, full-bodied wine that offers much of what many big red lovers look for in a South Aussie Shiraz: blackberries, plums, chocolate, olive tapenade, green herbs and drying oak spice. It is more austere than some more ripe, fruit-forward versions, with tart acidity and powerful, raspy tannins. Give this time to settle. Drink 2020–2030. M Imports, LLC. Cellar Selection –Christina Pickard

Published on April 15, 2020
Topics: Cellar Selections