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Snooth User: jimj491

Found 3 bottles of wine in my wine cellar is it still good?

Posted by jimj491, Dec 22, 2009.

Found these bottle's in my wine cellar are they still good?

They are at a temperatures of 52degrees on an average year round.

Blaufrankisch 1995
Fiertle De Malesan 1998 Bordeaux
Villa Antinori 1998 Chianti classic Reserve

I don't know if they are still good need to know?
How do you tell before you open them what do I need to look for?


Reply by zufrieden, Dec 22, 2009.

Bläufrankisch usually has lots of lively acidity, and can age somewhat, but the wine is 14 years old. I'd drink up. The Chianti should be good now - although this one may last a bit longer as it is from a decent vintage, producer and is Reserve. I am not sure about the Bordeaux Supérieur (Fierité de Malesan, perhaps?), but usually these wines are consumed within 5 years of bottling. My advice, again, is to drink up...

Reply by VegasOenophile, Dec 23, 2009.

They should all be good now. The Bordeaux might even have more time, 5 years or so.

Reply by dmcker, Dec 23, 2009.

Jim, what do you mean 'on average'? What are the high and low spikes?

In general I'd go with Zufrieden's recs: drink up now. My guess is that the Antinori may be the best of the lot, but all three are very different wines so each should be fun in their own way, even if the other two are a bit of a crap shoot. Please let us know how you find the bottles when you do open them, and here's hoping there're no snakeyes in the lot....

Reply by dmcker, Dec 23, 2009.

I meant to ask earlier, but who made the Blaufränkisch/Lemberger? Is it Austrian, or...? That grape can make some interestingly spicy reds but I've found the acidity to be quite variable, so ageworthiness is often a questionmark. Any more info from the labels on it and the Bordeaux would be helpful. I'm also assuming it's a Fierté de Malesan, which is a wine I've never had. Since a mixed case including a 2000 of it with 11 other bottles of varying Bordeaux chateaux from that and nearby vintages only went for 50 pounds at Christie's, I'm guessing the marketplace doesn't think all that much of it and its ageworthiness....

Reply by zufrieden, Dec 23, 2009.

Probably best to drink up, then. I've never actually had a 14 year old Lemberger - from Austria or anywhere else - so let us know whether it is still sound.

Reply by jimj491, Feb 1, 2013.

Ok I have not posted something in a while 

I found a bottle of wine  in my cellar,  I am thinking it is around 1998 the label is gone the price tag is still on it $30.00  on the top of the bottle the logo is a B4th ...It is a red wine

Does any one know what it is ?

If so do you think it is still good?


Reply by duncan 906, Feb 2, 2013.

I reckon they should all be OK.1998 was considered a good year in Bordeaux.I enjoyed a 98 Chateau Destieux Berger St Emillion Grand Cru a couple of years ago which was superb.At the moment I am drinking a 1996 Chateau Haut Breton Larigaudiere Margaux Cru Bourgeois which is also superb.I have had lots of Bordeauxs from the 90's and rarely been disappointed.However I must admit I know nothing about youir particular producer

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