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Tips To Choosing Age-Worthy Wines

choosing age-worthy wines

29 Jul Tips To Choosing Age-Worthy Wines

Most wine enthusiasts get excited when they find a good deal. If you can find a $14.99 gem that goes well with homemade pizza or pasta, there’s nothing like it. If you buy a case, you can come up with excuses to host a party where you and your friends can pop many corks. However, serious wine enthusiasts also want to plan for the long term and stock up on age-worthy wines that will eventually reward them in the form of awe-inspiring experiences.

Things That Make A Wine Age-Worthy

A wine with a lot of tannins is only good enough to warrant ageing if it has enough fruit to counteract the tannin’s diminishing effects as it matures in the bottle. The tannins could even outlast the fruit when less desirable vintages are aged. Because red Bordeaux has higher in tannic acid than red Burgundy, it typically needs more time in the barrel than red Burgundy does (Merlot and Cabernet grapes usually have much thicker skins than Pinot Noir). Paying attention to the structure of a wine is necessary to locate bottles that will get better with age.

Notable Reds For Your Custom Wine Cellar

Red Bordeaux versus pinot noir is an excellent example of why Cabernet Sauvignon and top Cab-Merlot wines from California and many other prime wineries should be cellared. The following is a list of other notable red wines which are age-worthy, according to the consensus among wine experts:

  • Rhône wines from the Northern and Southern regions, particularly Hermitage and Chateauneuf du Pape.
  • Tempranillo from Spain, particularly from the Rioja region.
  • Italy’s Barbaresco and Barolo wines
  • Brunello Italiano and truly noble Chianti examples

We now know that not all wines benefit from ageing. Bordeaux, Burgundy, Napa Valley, and Rioja are often mentioned when discussing age-worthy wines. Even though these wines have been proven to be long-lasting, there is a wide variety of wines available today, including many age-worthy wines that most wine drinkers do not even know about. Consider adding a few bottles from these regions and grapes when stocking up on wine.

When it comes to top vintages from names like Bandol or Brunello di Montalcino, the competition for these bottles is a lot less fierce, which means that they are also a lot less expensive. Stocking your wine cellar with not very well known wines is an excellent way to get a substantial return on investment. Not only would it be possible to track down such wines, but it also might not put too much of a dent in one’s finances to purchase an entire case of them, giving one some leeway in choosing when to pop the cork. You shouldn’t limit yourself to just these five grape varieties and regions either; try experimenting with laying down top vintages from Beaujolais, premium single-vintage Champagnes from niche grower-producers, structured Sagrantino from Umbria, and other wines from around the world. Also, magnum-sized bottles are fun to play around with because they age slower than regular-sized ones.

Other Age-Worthy Wines To Stock Up On

Purchase a few of these wines right away to observe how they change over time:

  • Aglianico (Southern Italy) – Without a doubt, Nebbiolo and Sangiovese are the most esteemed and promising red Italian grapes.
  • Malbec from Mendoza (Argentina) – Trying to find a wine that’s easy to drink and affordable at the same time? A good Malbec is always a great option. Keep in mind that Malbec is a Bordeaux grape and shares some of its aging potential with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
  • Touriga Nacional from Douro (Portugal) – It’s no surprise that Touriga Nacional-based dry reds have a long shelf life. For centuries, the grape has been the foundation of Port wines.
  • Pinot Gris from Alsace (France) – Alsatian Pinot Gris, known for its crispness and spiciness when young, can open up with a bit of time in the bottle.
  • Chenin Blanc from Loire Valley ( France) – Sweet Chenin Blancs from the Loire Valley like Quarts de Chaum, Bonnezeaux,, Coteaux du Layon and can age gracefully, but the dry but concentrated Savennières can take five or more years to become drinkable.

Regardless of your wine preferences, you will need a well-designed, climate controlled wine cellar to store them. This is where we come in. For information about custom wine cellar designing and installation services, call Signature Cellars on 1300 570 636. We are here to help with all your wine cellar requirements from start to finish so that you have the customised, sophisticated wine cellar of your dreams.

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