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1222111232008_10_hasmaps%20%283%29%20%281%29.jpgWant to drink a wine that is really special on your next night out? Sure you do. In the map below, Eater cuts through the jungle of New York City wine lists to find you the choices that are especially rare, unusually mature, and particularly well priced at 12 restaurants with big lists. What's drinking now? Read on to find out, but keep in mind that quantities may be limited, and pricing could change. If you like what you see, go and drink it.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Daniel

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60 E 65th St.
New York, NY 10065
(212) 288-0033
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Surprisingly, Daniel turns out to be the place to go for great Sherry. Perhaps because it isn’t a go-to Spanish restaurant, it hasn’t yet been cleaned out of its stash of the excellent Equipo Navazos limited releases. The grouping on offer stretches all the way back to La Bota number 15 (current releases number in the 40s), and a full bottle of that Fino Sherry is $120. Have it decanted, and then pair it with any number of fish dishes. Or choose from amongst the other styles of Sherry available if your menu choices move in a different direction. There are several Equipo Navazos bottlings to select from. [Krieger]

2. Eleven Madison Park

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11 Madison Ave.
New York, NY 10010
(212) 889-0905
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Few people associate California Cabernet Sauvignon with the stark mineral character that you can find in the wines of Renaissance, a winery that is also a religious brotherhood located in the Sierra Foothills. Maybe because the wines have never been in step with the California norm, they have always been hard to find on the East Coast. But EMP has vintages with significant age on them, such as 1986 and 1995, and the restaurant is selling them for a song. You can have the 1986 for $145, which would be the same price that you would pay for the current release of many other popular California Cabernets. If you really want to try California Cabernet that speaks to terroir influence, Renaissance is a winery that you should search out. If you want to really try it for cheap, EMP is your place.[Krieger]

3. Chef's Table At Brooklyn Fare

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212 Schermerhorn St.
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 243-0050
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There are a few German Riesling producers whose wines you often see offered with age on them. But Selbach-Oster is not one of them. Still, Brooklyn Fare has managed to assemble an excellent selection of back vintage Selbach, such as a Selbach-Oster Zeltinger Himmelreich Spatlese Riesling 1992 that is screaming to be drunk with the food of Cesar Ramirez, and that is offered for only $135. This is a rare chance to try this wine, or the other back vintages from Selbach, with the perfect cuisine to play along. [Facebook/Brooklyn Fare]

4. A Voce Columbus Restaurant

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10 Columbus Circle
New York, NY 10019
(212) 823-2523
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A bottle of Clos de la Coulee de Serrant Savennieres 1967 for $249? This is when spending a large amount of money on a wine makes the most sense: when it is likely that you will never in your lifetime see that wine again. Even people in this country who are thought to be extremely knowledgeable about Coulee de Serrant have generally only tasted back into the 1980s. What secrets has the 1967 bottle of Chenin Blanc kept to itself? Few people will ever know. Those less willing to gamble on an old wine may opt instead for the red Bucci Rosso Piceno 2006, from a producer in the Marche who is better known for white wines. The red is delicious, not easy to find in this country, and priced on the list at $105. [Horine]

5. Del Posto

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85 10th Ave
New York, NY 10011
(212) 497-8090
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Most diners at Del Posto might head directly for the B sections of the wine list: Brunello, Barolo, or Barbaresco. And those are well represented on the pages. But if you want to really take advantage of the diversity of Italian wine, there are some real values to be had from other regions. Pallagrello Nero is a little known grape that was basically forgotten before Vestini Campagnano started working with it and made it a star. Vestini Campagnano is one of the Campania’s most interesting wineries, but there are relatively few chances to try to the wines with any serious age. Del Posto offers the Vestini Campagnano Pallagrello Nero 2003 for only $105, which is considerably less than what you might pay for a comparable B wine. Have the Pallagrello Nero decanted and drink it along with game bird or beef.

6. The Modern

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9 W 53rd St
New York, NY 10019
(212) 333-1220
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Mas Jullien, in the Languedoc, is still relatively unheralded for the quality of the wines. With that being the case, it is rare to see the wines with much age on them, as few people collect them. The Mas Jullien white, which combines the waxy richness common to Southern whites with a steely minerality that is harder to find, is generally absent from lists with any age on it. But the wine can age, and into something really wonderful. At The Modern they stock four vintages of Mas Jullien Blanc, the 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009. The 2008, at $85 for a bottle, is an especially good deal. Those hunting instead for a red wine are directed to the short vertical of Breton “Les Perrieres” Bourgueil, stretching back to 1986. [The Modern]

7. Veritas

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43 E 20th St.
New York, NY 10003
California producer Edmunds St. John is well respected today as a name that can be counted on for mineral laden, complex Syrah with grip. But Edmunds St. John has sourced fruit from different growers over the years, and some of those grape sources have changed. This means that some of the legendary bottlings from the early days of the winery are no longer produced. If you want to get a glimpse of what was, check out the Syrah bottled from the Durrell Vineyard, which was the wine that first drew acclaim to Edmunds St. John. Veritas offers the 1993 and 1995 Durrell Syrah in magnum, a double bottle format that is superior for ageing wines. Neither of these vintages is easy to find anymore, and especially not in magnum. Veritas sells either vintage for $245, which may seem like a lot for California Syrah, until you remember that this is for the equivalent of two bottles. Bring some friends and order some red meat. [Krieger]

8. Le Bernardin

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155 W 51st St.
New York, NY 10019
(212) 489-1515
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Chateau Simone was for a long time a secret held by very few American buyers. Despite the high quality, the wines were rarely talked about. But after an importer change, Simone became better known, and some mature vintages were also subsequently released. Those bottles garnered a lot of attention from local sommeliers, but unfortunately most of what was available has now sold through. The opportunity to taste the glory of old Simone is again becoming rare. Luckily, Le Bernardin still offers the Chateau Simone Blanc 2000 for $135. It is just the kind of wine that is perfect for the seafood heavy menu, and just the sort of wine that offers more in the bottle than the price tag would lead you to suspect.

9. Corton

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239 W Broadway
New York, NY 10013
(212) 219-2777
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There are is an ample selection of Burgundy on the Corton list, but one selection that stands out for the value is the Robert Ampeau Volnay-Santenots 1er Cru 1990. This was a late release from the winery, so well stored for all those years. While this wine was available at many restaurants in NY a few years ago, now you don’t see many bottles left, probably because it quickly became a sommelier favorite. Corton is offering the wine for $250. Red Burgundy at this level and for this price has only gotten harder to find as the years have gone on. This may be one of the last chances to buy an old, classic Red Burgundy at the old, classic price.[Krieger]

10. Ai Fiori

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400 5th Ave.
New York, NY 10018
(212) 695-4005
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There are a number of gems on the Ai Fiori list, but the one that can’t be passed up is the Tenuta “San Leonardo” 2003 for $70. San Leonardo may be the most overlooked “famous” wine of Italy, as its acclaim in this country doesn’t seem to match its stature back home. This is perhaps because San Leonardo is a blend of Bordeaux grape varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, and American attention has shifted from that style in general. But here is one of Italy’s classic wines, which is excellent every year, and just ridiculously cheap for how the 2003 is drinking at the moment. Get to Ai Fiori quick to grab a bottle before it is gone. Or check out the San Leonardo 1997 for $176. [Krieger]

11. Gordon Ramsay at The London

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151 W 54th St
New York, NY 10019
(212) 468-8888
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Are you curious about what old, classic Right Bank Bordeaux tastes like, but hesitant to spend the money that such a purchase often entails? Then order up a half bottle of the Chateau Bourgneuf Pomerol 1995 at Gordon Ramsay. Certainly the $90 price tag for a half bottle isn’t the cheapest deal imaginable, but you will be receiving a classic vintage, with age, from a producer that still maintains some of what used to be called “breed” by the older generation of Bordeaux tasters. If you don’t have a cellar full of old Bordeaux of your own, this is a relatively painless way to begin approaching the wines. [Gordon Ramsay at The London]

12. Gotham Bar & Grill

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12 E 12th St.
New York, NY 10003
(212) 620-4020
The standout amongst quite a few tasty options may be the Rene Favre Petite Arvine 2006, a serious take on the grape variety from Switzerland. Although many drinkers in NYC are familiar with Petite Arvine from the Italian options that are fairly widely available in town, the Favre is rarely seen in this country. To find a chance to drink Favre Petite Arvine with the age that the mineral laden wine requires is rare indeed, and it is offered by Gotham for $73 a bottle, a price which implies that it has never been additionally marked up after originally being placed on the list. Drink with shellfish. [Krieger]

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1. Daniel

60 E 65th St., New York, NY 10065
Surprisingly, Daniel turns out to be the place to go for great Sherry. Perhaps because it isn’t a go-to Spanish restaurant, it hasn’t yet been cleaned out of its stash of the excellent Equipo Navazos limited releases. The grouping on offer stretches all the way back to La Bota number 15 (current releases number in the 40s), and a full bottle of that Fino Sherry is $120. Have it decanted, and then pair it with any number of fish dishes. Or choose from amongst the other styles of Sherry available if your menu choices move in a different direction. There are several Equipo Navazos bottlings to select from. [Krieger]
60 E 65th St.
New York, NY 10065

2. Eleven Madison Park

11 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10010
Few people associate California Cabernet Sauvignon with the stark mineral character that you can find in the wines of Renaissance, a winery that is also a religious brotherhood located in the Sierra Foothills. Maybe because the wines have never been in step with the California norm, they have always been hard to find on the East Coast. But EMP has vintages with significant age on them, such as 1986 and 1995, and the restaurant is selling them for a song. You can have the 1986 for $145, which would be the same price that you would pay for the current release of many other popular California Cabernets. If you really want to try California Cabernet that speaks to terroir influence, Renaissance is a winery that you should search out. If you want to really try it for cheap, EMP is your place.[Krieger]
11 Madison Ave.
New York, NY 10010

3. Chef's Table At Brooklyn Fare

212 Schermerhorn St., Brooklyn, NY 11201
Read Review |
There are a few German Riesling producers whose wines you often see offered with age on them. But Selbach-Oster is not one of them. Still, Brooklyn Fare has managed to assemble an excellent selection of back vintage Selbach, such as a Selbach-Oster Zeltinger Himmelreich Spatlese Riesling 1992 that is screaming to be drunk with the food of Cesar Ramirez, and that is offered for only $135. This is a rare chance to try this wine, or the other back vintages from Selbach, with the perfect cuisine to play along. [Facebook/Brooklyn Fare]
212 Schermerhorn St.
Brooklyn, NY 11201

4. A Voce Columbus Restaurant

10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019
A bottle of Clos de la Coulee de Serrant Savennieres 1967 for $249? This is when spending a large amount of money on a wine makes the most sense: when it is likely that you will never in your lifetime see that wine again. Even people in this country who are thought to be extremely knowledgeable about Coulee de Serrant have generally only tasted back into the 1980s. What secrets has the 1967 bottle of Chenin Blanc kept to itself? Few people will ever know. Those less willing to gamble on an old wine may opt instead for the red Bucci Rosso Piceno 2006, from a producer in the Marche who is better known for white wines. The red is delicious, not easy to find in this country, and priced on the list at $105. [Horine]
10 Columbus Circle
New York, NY 10019

5. Del Posto

85 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011
Most diners at Del Posto might head directly for the B sections of the wine list: Brunello, Barolo, or Barbaresco. And those are well represented on the pages. But if you want to really take advantage of the diversity of Italian wine, there are some real values to be had from other regions. Pallagrello Nero is a little known grape that was basically forgotten before Vestini Campagnano started working with it and made it a star. Vestini Campagnano is one of the Campania’s most interesting wineries, but there are relatively few chances to try to the wines with any serious age. Del Posto offers the Vestini Campagnano Pallagrello Nero 2003 for only $105, which is considerably less than what you might pay for a comparable B wine. Have the Pallagrello Nero decanted and drink it along with game bird or beef.
85 10th Ave
New York, NY 10011

6. The Modern

9 W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019
Mas Jullien, in the Languedoc, is still relatively unheralded for the quality of the wines. With that being the case, it is rare to see the wines with much age on them, as few people collect them. The Mas Jullien white, which combines the waxy richness common to Southern whites with a steely minerality that is harder to find, is generally absent from lists with any age on it. But the wine can age, and into something really wonderful. At The Modern they stock four vintages of Mas Jullien Blanc, the 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009. The 2008, at $85 for a bottle, is an especially good deal. Those hunting instead for a red wine are directed to the short vertical of Breton “Les Perrieres” Bourgueil, stretching back to 1986. [The Modern]
9 W 53rd St
New York, NY 10019

7. Veritas

43 E 20th St., New York, NY 10003
California producer Edmunds St. John is well respected today as a name that can be counted on for mineral laden, complex Syrah with grip. But Edmunds St. John has sourced fruit from different growers over the years, and some of those grape sources have changed. This means that some of the legendary bottlings from the early days of the winery are no longer produced. If you want to get a glimpse of what was, check out the Syrah bottled from the Durrell Vineyard, which was the wine that first drew acclaim to Edmunds St. John. Veritas offers the 1993 and 1995 Durrell Syrah in magnum, a double bottle format that is superior for ageing wines. Neither of these vintages is easy to find anymore, and especially not in magnum. Veritas sells either vintage for $245, which may seem like a lot for California Syrah, until you remember that this is for the equivalent of two bottles. Bring some friends and order some red meat. [Krieger]
43 E 20th St.
New York, NY 10003

8. Le Bernardin

155 W 51st St., New York, NY 10019
Chateau Simone was for a long time a secret held by very few American buyers. Despite the high quality, the wines were rarely talked about. But after an importer change, Simone became better known, and some mature vintages were also subsequently released. Those bottles garnered a lot of attention from local sommeliers, but unfortunately most of what was available has now sold through. The opportunity to taste the glory of old Simone is again becoming rare. Luckily, Le Bernardin still offers the Chateau Simone Blanc 2000 for $135. It is just the kind of wine that is perfect for the seafood heavy menu, and just the sort of wine that offers more in the bottle than the price tag would lead you to suspect.
155 W 51st St.
New York, NY 10019

9. Corton

239 W Broadway, New York, NY 10013
There are is an ample selection of Burgundy on the Corton list, but one selection that stands out for the value is the Robert Ampeau Volnay-Santenots 1er Cru 1990. This was a late release from the winery, so well stored for all those years. While this wine was available at many restaurants in NY a few years ago, now you don’t see many bottles left, probably because it quickly became a sommelier favorite. Corton is offering the wine for $250. Red Burgundy at this level and for this price has only gotten harder to find as the years have gone on. This may be one of the last chances to buy an old, classic Red Burgundy at the old, classic price.[Krieger]
239 W Broadway
New York, NY 10013

10. Ai Fiori

400 5th Ave., New York, NY 10018
There are a number of gems on the Ai Fiori list, but the one that can’t be passed up is the Tenuta “San Leonardo” 2003 for $70. San Leonardo may be the most overlooked “famous” wine of Italy, as its acclaim in this country doesn’t seem to match its stature back home. This is perhaps because San Leonardo is a blend of Bordeaux grape varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, and American attention has shifted from that style in general. But here is one of Italy’s classic wines, which is excellent every year, and just ridiculously cheap for how the 2003 is drinking at the moment. Get to Ai Fiori quick to grab a bottle before it is gone. Or check out the San Leonardo 1997 for $176. [Krieger]
400 5th Ave.
New York, NY 10018

11. Gordon Ramsay at The London

151 W 54th St, New York, NY 10019
Are you curious about what old, classic Right Bank Bordeaux tastes like, but hesitant to spend the money that such a purchase often entails? Then order up a half bottle of the Chateau Bourgneuf Pomerol 1995 at Gordon Ramsay. Certainly the $90 price tag for a half bottle isn’t the cheapest deal imaginable, but you will be receiving a classic vintage, with age, from a producer that still maintains some of what used to be called “breed” by the older generation of Bordeaux tasters. If you don’t have a cellar full of old Bordeaux of your own, this is a relatively painless way to begin approaching the wines. [Gordon Ramsay at The London]
151 W 54th St
New York, NY 10019

12. Gotham Bar & Grill

12 E 12th St., New York, NY 10003
The standout amongst quite a few tasty options may be the Rene Favre Petite Arvine 2006, a serious take on the grape variety from Switzerland. Although many drinkers in NYC are familiar with Petite Arvine from the Italian options that are fairly widely available in town, the Favre is rarely seen in this country. To find a chance to drink Favre Petite Arvine with the age that the mineral laden wine requires is rare indeed, and it is offered by Gotham for $73 a bottle, a price which implies that it has never been additionally marked up after originally being placed on the list. Drink with shellfish. [Krieger]
12 E 12th St.
New York, NY 10003

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