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Snooth User: Lucha Vino

Birth Year Wines

Original post by Lucha Vino, Feb 16, 2013.

I want to put together a collection of birth year wines for my son.  He was born in 2004.  Ideally, I would like to build about a 2 case collection of new and old world wines.

Here is what I am thinking:


  • Left & Right Bank Bordeaux
  • North & South (CdP) Rhone or should Chateauneuf de Pape get its own category?
  • Burgundy


  • Rioja
  • Ribera del Duero
  • Priorat/Montsant


  • Piedmont
  • Tuscany


  • Wineries?


  • Wineries?


  • Napa
  • Alexander Valley
  • Carneros

I know there are tons of options out there.  Let me know what you think would make a nice collection of 2004 vintage wines that will be nice to enjoy in 2025 (or 2001 or ...)


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Reply by Richard Foxall, Feb 20, 2013.

Okay, those are my dry Huets--a couple from each lieu-dit.  Drinking windows on those are conservatively from 13 to 17 years from the date of the vintage. Oddly, no 2004 vintage demi-sec shows up on CT, although it exists as I noted elsewhere.  Still, here are the 2005 demi-secs:

So the windows on those are 23-29 years from vintage. Which sounds like a perfect birth year bottle.

Yes to Chianti Classico, esp Riservas as a less expensive alternative to Brunello.  Also possibly some Super Tuscans from that region as an alternative to Bordeaux.  2004 was a good year all around for Tuscany and Piedmont. 

Reply by amour, Feb 20, 2013.

Again...thanks, EMARK!!!!......we do get fact surprising rewards...I am so sorry that I did not manage to document my " White surprises' over the years, but I did have them....even when I felt that I should have dumped some....but just at the last minute said to my sister..(who knows very little about wine, but is very keen to try to learn and is.........guess what!!!!  ALWAYS AMAZED AT ME...PERIOD!!!!...) "oh well...I WILL GIVE IT A TRY"...and Bingo!!!....what interesting flavour....such is life.....and what I say is true....CHEERS!

Reply by JonDerry, Feb 20, 2013.

Nice Fox, now we're talkin'

E-Mark - Cool story on the Flowers Chard, I love how the oak smoothes out on Chards after a few years in bottle. Sounds like yours was no exception, and held even a couple years than what I guessed, maybe I'll have to extend that out to 2-8+ years after vintage for the well made stuff.

Reply by amour, Feb 20, 2013.

By the way...on 2004 Bordeaux....the 2004 Vintage favours the RIGHT BANK...if anything....

However, one can argue and produce cogent evidence of good enough Left Bank....having said that....but as we already know, 2004 was simply classic ....nothing more...nothing really was an uneven growing season at best.....

Interestingly, it was recorded as the largest crop in Bordeaux history....

Reply by EMark, Feb 20, 2013.

Amour, to me the little surprises are always the most memorable.

JonDerry, based on my appreciation of that 2005 Flowers, I bought  a 2009 the other day.  The plan for that one is short term, but maybe I should go back and buy another one and bury it in the cellar.

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