Wine Talk

Snooth User: thelem

Wine Expiration Date

Posted by thelem, Jan 17, 2014.

Hello there.

I need help with a wine which I want to drink with my GF tonight. I found it accidentally at my dad's office.

This is a special edition (?) case of (6) Wolf Blass Platinum Label Cabernet Sauvignon 2000.

The bottles are sealed, and my dad has it at his office since 2008.

Are they drinkable? Have they expired? If no, when to drink the rest of them for a better taste? If yes, GOD DAMN!

Thanks for your help :D


Reply by JenniferT, Jan 17, 2014.

I'm not as qualified as many other Snoothers to answer this one...but I noticed you indicated that you want to drink it tonight...presumably now? Either way, I can tell you that 2000 really isn't that old  - they certainly should be drinkable, so I'd say you should have at it. 

Maybe someone else will jump on and say if it's worth putting some of the bottles down for longer. I'd guess not, but I'm really not sure.

Reply by thelem, Jan 17, 2014.

Thanks for your answer Jennifer.

Here in Greece it's still morning, so more in like 10 hours from now :)

I just wanted to open a bottle tonight to taste it. If people say that it can rippen even more,  I ll definitely store some of the bottles for later use.

Reply by thelem, Jan 17, 2014.

Btw I've read at some sites during my adventure searching for this wine, that it is would be best to drink between 2003-2008 and at other sites that it is from 2005-2020. Don't know really though, as I'm completely CLUELESS about wines.

Reply by JenniferT, Jan 17, 2014.

You probably won't find consensus either. But at least it looks like you are probably not out of the drinking window. 2003 - 2008 sounds like too narrow a window by my guess. 

I'd open a bottle tonight if I were you...see if you guys like it. If it tastes a bit flat and unfruity, I'd assume you should drink the rest asap. I'm guessing that won't be the case tho. Enjoy!

Reply by EMark, Jan 17, 2014.

Thelem, there is only one way to find out.

Come back to us, tomorrow, and let us know how it turned out.

Reply by duncan 906, Jan 17, 2014.

Unlike a lot of food and drink products wine does not have a 'sell-by date' as such. A lot is down to taste and how it is stored. I have had wines from the 70's and 80's which were perfectly OK

Reply by dvogler, Jan 19, 2014.

I'm feeling bad for your Dad!  Is he aware you've purloined his stash?  :)


Reply by GregT, Jan 19, 2014.

Thelem, as others mentioned, there is no expiration date for wine. Some will be way past peak, but nobody knows when that peak will occur because there are too many variables. The biggest one is that this wine was in your Dad's office for all those years.

Was it at least air-conditioned? Or was the wine sitting for long nights and weekends in warm or hot conditions? That's going to make a big difference in your wine.

Those bottles are pretty expensive and I hope they're not ruined from heat.

Secondly, where were they before your Dad got them?

So assuming that the wine was not heated, the question of when those wines are "ready" comes up. The answer is when you want to drink them. They are good young. As they get older, they will become something a little different. Some people like the changes, others prefer the wines younger. At thirteen years, they're quite ready to drink. Anyway, good luck and I hope you like, or liked, it!

Reply by napagirl68, Jan 19, 2014.

I'm with DVOGLER- Does your Dad know you "accidentally" found his wine stash???  ;-)

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