Top 100 Cellar Selections for 2014
October 22, 2014
by The Editors of Wine Enthusiast
In a culture focused on the here and now, patience is a fleeting virtue. Instant gratification often takes precedence—witness the large amount of the market geared toward wines that are ready-to-drink—and the distant pleasure of cellaring wine proves much too abstract for comfort.
But for true wine lovers, laying wine down is a mandatory exercise—one with a return that is priceless.
Find it difficult to keep up with the latest vintages to collect or the best regions to cellar? For that very reason, we’ve created the annual list of Wine Enthusiast’s top 100 Cellar Selections.
In 2014, just over 17,000 wines were reviewed by our editors and, from that total, a mere six percent merited the Cellar Selection designation—a marker for highly rated wines that exhibit the potential to evolve and improve for many years. From this already choice sampling, we culled our Top 100 Cellar Selections of 2014 list—all the must-haves of the year that deserve a spot in your cellar.
#86: 95 pts John Duval Eligo Shiraz 2010
This is the most age-worthy Shiraz winemaker John Duval has crafted since leaving Penfolds. The oak is subtle, the fruit still tight. It’s full bodied but bursting with potential, shown in hints of black cherries and plums, mocha and mint. The finish is long, mouthwatering and softly dusty in texture, making it luscious yet firm. Drink 2018-2030.