Short Term Agers Set (3 bottles)
Aging wines is a tricky prospect. To benefit from bottle age, wine needs structure, which includes a few things that can make them unattractive or even offensive when they’re young like very high acidity (which can make a wine tart) and tannin (which can make them too astringent). Although offensive to some when a wine is young, they allow it to oxidize slowly which occurs through the tiny bit of air left in the bottle and the minute porosity of the cork.
Slow oxidation is where the magic happens. Wines with structure will develop interesting secondary and tertiary flavors and become smooth and drinkable without the extra sugar and alcohol that’s common in many modern wines. The problem with “Blue Chip” agers such as premium Bordeaux, Barolo, Burgundy and Brunello is not only are they expensive, most just take too long.
I have 2000 Bordeaux I bought in 2002 that still needs 15 years before they’ll be in the perfection zone. Given this pace, at the age of 55, I just can’t wait this long for wines I’m buying now.
So, I’ve developed a knack for identifying inexpensive wines that will evolve beautifully in 5 to 8 years, little gems that evolve beyond their cost in drinking value. The selections below are an easy way to understand what a wine that will age well is like when young and you won’t have to wait until you’re running to the white light to find out how they developed.
Contains one bottle each of the following wines: