We’ve given you plenty of advice on how to purchase, cellar and preserve wine, but how can you determine a young wine’s ability to age?
For most people, wine is consumed shortly after purchase. But suppose you find one that you really like, and you’d like to stockpile some bottles for the future. How can you tell a wine’s prime drinking window?
Even with wines purchased specifically for cellaring, it’s always a good idea to open a bottle immediately so you can establish that first impression and feel out its long-term prospects. You don’t want to drink your entire stash while the wine is still developing, but also you also don’t want those bottles to fall off the proverbial cliff before you’ve enjoyed them either.