At Astor we love funky, unique, and rare wines, and we want to treat them with care. Some of our vintage and biodynamic wines are pretty delicate, and they can be sensitive to temperature changes. To help keep them at their best we have a refrigerated room kept at cellar temperature on the floor of Astor Wines and Spirits. It’s not locked, so walk right in to discover a new bottle!
Laura’s Favorite Bottles From The Cool Room:
Arbois Trousseau “Singulier,” Tissot – 2013
Dark, pulpy plums dominate the nose and palate of this brusque wine. A resistant backbone of weathered stones moves through a ripe-fruited liquid punctuated by earthy stems and black cherry. Mixed peppercorn finishes the experience. A pairing with assertively sauced red meats and gamey poultry is appropriate. This Trousseau is classic Jura, matured in older wood barrels and bottled without additional sulfur.
Barolo “Vigna Gattera,” Bovio – 2006
Gianfranco Bovio has 10 hectares of vines in prime territory in La Morra. Driven to rebuild his father’s estate and honor his memory, with his vineyards of gnarly old vines, Bovio specializes in crafting Barolos that express the terroir of La Morra. The Vigna Gattera is a feminine Nebbiolo, florid with summer roses and violets. A nimble structure of fine tannins, combined with classic acidity, means this wine can be held for many additional years.
André Clouet “Cuvée 1911” – MV
Here is a truly brilliant multi-vintage Champagne. The nose has notes of brioche but also earth and brine and fresh sea breezes. The concentration is superb and the finish is full of chalky minerality.
Sinskey RSV Cabernet Sauvignon SLD – 2009
Impenetrably dark opalescent ruby color with aromas of sweet herb-laced black currant and violet draw you in. This wine is vibrant on the palate and walks a thin line between power and elegance, marrying intensely pure Cabernet fruit and ample structure with the more delicate nuances of the grape. It’s attractive now, but it is one to watch in the cellar.