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Michele Chiarlo

Smart ways to spend your Wall Street bonus windfall on wine

March 11, 2015
Leonardo DiCaprio is Jordan Belfort in The Wolf of Wall Street. (Paramount Pictures)

The average Wall Street bonus in 2014 was $172,860. Why not stock up your wine cellar?

Commune with nature

Michele Chiarlo 2010 Cerequio Barolo – A beautiful, complex wine that changes every time you go back to it. Aromas and flavors run the gamut from clove and Mexican cinnamon to brick dust, roasted meat, cassis, raspberry and anise, and grow fuller and darker with air. The feel is lush and layered; surges with bitter chocolate, iron and smoke flavors on the finish. Just delicious.

Save for important personal milestones

Taylor Fladgate 1965 Very Old Limited Edition Single Harvest Port – Outstanding. If ever you needed proof that 50 is not over the hill, this is it. Still very potent, the 1965 penetrates the nose and mouth with buttered toast, honey, roasted nut and peat notes that melt into the throat and linger for a minute or two afterward.

Allow yourself one big splurge

Taylor Fladgate 1863 Single Harvest Port – For most people, this is a once-in-a-lifetime wine. It’s tactile, all-senses, seamless. Under penetrating aromas of forest floor are notes of mocha, whipped cream, coffee, clove, Grand Marnier. Viscous and mouthfilling, with toffee, coffee, nut, and caramel on the palate. Lingers long in the throat. Presented in an Italian crystal decanter. Extraordinary

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