2018 Guide To Collectible Wines: Whites & Sparkles

The 2018-19 winter holiday season is approaching, and many are beginning to explore great gift ideas. Despite political turmoil, American consumer confidence is at an 18-year high. This means people will be willing to spend more money on things that could provide an increased sense of certainty and well-being. Throughout the years, I have reported on many alternative purchasing opportunities from latest gadgets that excite Silicon Valley in-crowds to epicurean delights with epic gastronomical heritage to truly unique jewelry and timepieces worth long-term commitments. This year, following my immersion in California’s eno-culture, I am considering wines as high-end gifts for discerning friends and colleagues. A superb bottle of wine can make for an unforgettable evening in wonderful company or become a prized item in a cellar-savvy collection.

Here is part 1 of a must-have list of whites and sparkles at a variety of price points worth your wish-list this holiday season.

All that sparkles

Roederer Estate L’Ermitage 2011
Roederer Estate L’Ermitage 2011

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Roederer Estate

Sparkling wines are making in-roads in the luxury market and these two winemakers exemplify why. Debuted in 1989, Roederer Estate L’Ermitage 2011 is a Californian heritage wine made only in exceptional harvest years from estate-grown biodynamic and organic grapes. Aged for five years in a French oak cask, the cuvée pressing ensures its noble blend. Retailing for about $50.00 per bottle, this is an esteemed addition to any dinner party RSVP.

Trentodoc Giulio Ferrari Riserva del Fondatore 2005
Trentodoc Giulio Ferrari Riserva del Fondatore 2005

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Trentodoc Giulio Ferrari

Meanwhile, Trentodoc Giulio Ferrari Riserva del Fondatore 2005 hails from the picturesque Dolomite Mountains in northern Italy. 100% Chardonnay, it is aged for a decade on its lees intensifying its complex bouquet with notes of acacia honey and other regional scents. At $130, this award-winning wine is a special occasion in itself!

White is the color of the season

As white wines enjoy their summertime reputation, I won’t dwell too much on them at this time. However, a good well-bodied bottle can cozy up any winter night, a proper white Christmas included! For Italy’s best kept white wine secrets, head off the beaten gastro tourism path to the Tuscan coastline. The Bolgheri vineyards of the Ornellaia Estate enjoy a unique microclimate characterized by soft sea winds and enhanced luminosity of sunlight reflected off the Mediterranean.

Poggio alle Gazze dell’Ornellaia 2016
Poggio alle Gazze dell’Ornellaia 2016

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Poggio alle Gazze

At a fair $75 per bottle, Poggio alle Gazze dell’Ornellaia 2016 is a worthwhile proposition from the coveted cellars. The longer ripening period lends the grapes unrivaled balance which accounts for the wine’s exceptional finesse. For something epic, go for Ornellaia Bianco 2015. This wine was produced in extremely limited quantity and at $255 a bottle, it is currently the most expensive white wine in Italy. What a find for true connoisseurs and collectors.

Ornellaia Bianco 2015.
Ornellaia Bianco 2015.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Ornellaia

With these sparklers and whites you could make a wish just opening the cork!

Like Reds? Stay tuned as on Monday, December 17th we will post our 2018 Guide To Collectible Wines Part 2: Reds

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