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Snooth User: Que23

Fifteen Year-Old Sauvignon Blanc

Posted by Que23, May 9, 2010.

While searching the recently stocked shelves of the new neighborhood cafe, I found a very dusty bottle of Sauvignon Blanc (my fav) - Deer Valley Vineyards.  It was the only bottle of its kind on the shelf so I asked the owner if he'd be getting more or if he had more in the back.  He responded that he hadn't sold any of this wine since taking over the store and supposed that the bottle was a remnant left by the previous owner and placed on the shelf for sale.  This wine was bottled in 1995 (as noted on the label).  It has a lot of sediment in the bottom as well.  I purchased it because it was very reasonably priced and I found the mystery surrounding the bottle quite intriguing.  However, here are my questions: 

It this a bottle of wine that one should drink?  Is there a way to determine the "shelf life" of this and other wines?  Should I fear the fact that there is a good amount of sediment (very very fine particles) as I do not typically see sediment in bottles of white wines?  Any information that you might provide would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you.


Reply by Girl Drink Drunk, May 9, 2010.

Open it and find out.  Decant it, if you want to reduce the sediment (or possibly tartate crystals?) in the glass.

That said, it's probably shot, but you never know.  I've heard of stranger bottles shining brightly late in life.

Reply by Que23, May 9, 2010.

Good sound suggestions.  Thank you.  I'll let you know how things turn out!

Reply by VegasOenophile, May 10, 2010.

I would assume it's way past it's moment, but it might be worth a try.  That's very old for that varietal.  Was it stored in the cellar or just on the shelf?

Reply by Que23, May 10, 2010.

@Vegas Oenophile,

I am thinking that it was stored on the floor up against a wall after falling off of a shelf and rolling out of site only to be found when the new owners rearranged the store :)

Reply by Doctor Bob, May 10, 2010.

Hey, drink it soon.  Let us know the results.

I personally think that whatever price you paid for it was too much.

A fifteen year oldSauvignon Blanc.

He should have given it to you for free.

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