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Snooth User: Lia Sanchez

All My Wine Has Passed the Drinking Window

Posted by Lia Sanchez, Sep 27, 2012.

I knew they would, but couldn't part with them. I figured I'd just keep them forever, pass them along later. They've been stored in really great conditions from the start (cool cellar) and I rotate them every 6 months or so. There are some whites (probably a disaster) and reds. Am I wasting my time and energy on them? Most are Bordeauxs, Rhones, Pessacs & Pech Redons. I screwed up, didn't I?


Reply by outthere, Sep 27, 2012.

The only screw up is not drinking them while you still have an opportunity to enjoy them. 

Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Sep 27, 2012.

what wines are they? And by rotate you mean?

Reply by Lia Sanchez, Sep 27, 2012.

I buy 2 bottles of everything so that I can drink one, save the other. Rotating, I mean I turn them so the sediments don't build up or settle. Some of the wines are : Haute-Grand-Champ Bordeaux 2001, Gerard Seguin 2005, Chateau Castres 1998, Boxler Chasselas 1996, Leon Boesch Sylvaner 2003, Greffier 2003, Pech-Redon white 1996, 98, 99 & Richon Cabernet 1997.


Reply by Richard Foxall, Sep 27, 2012.

Start drinking and throwing dinner parties.  If they were stored well, many of those might be fading, but still really good.  I side with GregT, better to drink on the way up than the way down, but better to drink on the way down than to pour down the sink.  I don't think those bottles are all that old, at least not the reds. But if you are worried that good bottles are going undrunk, read this thread or this one about opening old or special bottles for the heck of it.

I'm thinking that rotating the bottles is contrary to best practice.  We're not riddling Champagne here, but trying to let the sediment drop out to one side so we can decant verrrry carefully with old wine.  Am I missing something?  As to how to deal with the sediment that collects, I had the same questions back when and got this good advice.

This question has come up often enough that a Snooth strike team to take those "out of window" bottles off your hands might be an idea whose time has come. Specialists in '82 Bordeaux needed?  '01 Rhones?  Who will step up to the plate?

Reply by GregT, Sep 27, 2012.

Rotating, I mean I turn them so the sediments don't build up or settle

Who on earth told you to do that?

And who told you they were past their drinking windows?

Fox - I have a feeling someone's joking with us.

Reply by JonDerry, Sep 27, 2012.

Very possible Greg...

Reply by napagirl68, Sep 28, 2012.

LOL!  suckers!


Reply by Richard Foxall, Sep 28, 2012.

I'm still volunteering for the strike force.  My biggest worry is not living long enough to enjoy those perfectly aged Barolos and Dunns I bought in their infancy. So you have a 2005 Bordeaux that needs drinking? Let's observe it for another dozen years and make sure it's safe. ;-)

Reply by JonDerry, Sep 28, 2012.

Fox, I just tasted a 2001 Dunn Howell Mountain earlier tonight, and I can safely say it was in its prime drinking window. Thinking more and more that the 2008 Dunn Napa I had last winter was an off bottle.

Reply by Richard Foxall, Sep 28, 2012.

So put it in the Whatya Drinking Tonight thread!  I had to find out when I went on CT to look something up and your TN popped up because that wine is in my cellar.

Reply by duncan 906, Sep 29, 2012.

The concept of 'drinking window is very much a matter of taste and opinion A lot depends on what wine it is and what year and the conditions under which it  has been kept .Unlike fresh food wine does not have a sell-by date and you will not get sick as a result of drinking old wine.I frequently buy older bottles from the site and have usually enjoyed them

Le Vivier du Paveil Margaux 1990

Clos Saint Georges Grave Superierues 1979

Grand Vin de Bordeaux  Chateau Lamothe 1985

Baron Charles Louis Mercurey 1976

were pretty good wines but Chateau Pitray1994 was a little disappointing.However whatever bottle of wine one buys and wherever it comes from there is no cast-iron guarantee that one will like it.Again it comes back to taste and opinion

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