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Snooth User: eatswedishfish

Bella 2004 Zinfandel Shelf Life

Posted by eatswedishfish, Sep 26, 2008.

Does anyone know what a safe shelf life is of a Bella 2004 Zinfandel; assuming it was stored in a reasonable manor?

Thank you!


Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Sep 27, 2008.

Well 2004 was a great year for Sonoma so you should have a delicious bottle of wine on your hands. How long will it remain delicious is a more subjective question. Zinfandel tends to be a wine with bold fruit that is best appreciated fairly young.

Your 2004 is in its peak drinking window and i would recommend enjoying it over the next 3 years or so. Having said that i am a fan of aged Zinfandels after they loose much of their early fruit. Bottles from the early 80's enjoyed last month were great even if they resembled old Rioja more than Zinfandel. A group of 1994's that I shared with friends this month were still fruity but had mellowed a bit and had not yet developed much in the way of an aged character.

So you are safe if you want to save your bottle, just keep it under 70 degrees, under 60 is even better, and enjoy!

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