Funny thing is that the wines that tend to naturally demand some time to express their innate character -- thinking of Mourvèdre and Syrah, for example -- also tend to be somewhat less expensive than other wines where winemaking tends to have a more profound impact on any particular wine’s longevity. That makes for some good buying opportunities for people willing, and able, to wait while their wines mature.
Fact is, almost no one cellars wine. Something north of 90% of all wine purchased in the USA is consumed within 24 hours of purchase, and this number fast approaches 100% if the period is extended to two weeks from purchase to consumption. So, if you’re looking for instant gratification and don’t want to spend a ton of money, where should you look? Let’s take a look.