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Food and drink: The case of the cellar dwellers

When patience and restraint pays big rewards

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This month I'm presenting a dozen wines chosen for their ability to age in bottle, not their price and I've noted, given the vintage date on the bottle, how long you could wait before opening them.

As to how much of any given wine should you buy, that's a good question. If you take the plunge and buy four bottles of each you'll be well on your way to starting a cellar for life and reaping rewards that only patience and time can bring to wine.

If you don't have a wine cellar, a box on its side in a dark corner of a cool basement will get you started. The rest, as they say, is up to you.

I should mention that you might want to consider buying a case or two of your favourite current drinking red to help preserve your cache as it ages in the cellar. After two or three years, you'll have a 250- to 350-bottle cellar with some age that will only require replacement buying.

Finally, the best advice I can offer aspiring wine collectors wanting to invest in wine is to remember that eventually all wine is made to drink.

 

Osoyoos Larose 2007, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada $40

Real finesse here that sets a new level on the bar for all the wannabe icons. (10-15 years)

Santa Carolina Dry Farmed Carignan 2008, Valle de Cauquenes, Valle del Maule, Chile $19

Expect solid fruit expression and intensity; made from dry-farmed, 80+-year-old vines. (4-7 years)

Finca Flichman Gestos Shiraz 2007, Mendoza, Argentina $23

More concentration and weight than finesse but at this price it over delivers. (3-6 years)

Doña Paula Malbec Estate 2008, Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina $22

Dried herbs, rich black cherry and plum fruit flavours with flecks of orange. Will age well. (5-10 years)

Domaine de Beaurenard Chateauneuf-du-Pape Boisrenard Rouge 2007 Rhone Valley, France $94

Fine fruit and structure. Great vintage, great wine. (10-15 years)

Allegrini Palazzo della Torre 2006, Veneto, Italy $30

Palazzo is such an elegant wine it will age forever. (10-20 years)