Mature wine does not have to be super expensive. In fact, you can find plenty of worthy examples right around the $35 mark.
Some grapes age more quickly than others, like Barbera for example. Though these wines often just drift away, at their best they take on the character of aged Piedmontese wines after about a decade.
Zinfandel is another inexpensive wine that ages surprisingly well. It turns into a somewhat anonymous aged red wine more than anything else, but will give you a good idea of what happens to fruit and structure in the bottle over time. That’s all we want to get at here. Learning what happens to wine in the cellar can help you figure out when to drink the wines that are actually in your cellar!
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