It’s your wine. You can drink it whenever you want. If you did, I’d love to hear about it.
I’ve said this before, the shame of wine is that you can only drink it once. I love a mature cab as much as the next guy, but that same wine is bright and punch you in the face powerful when young. I love them both.
Also, unless you try some young ones to contrast with when it ages, how will you learn to predict which wines will age well?
Annnnd, and you are absolutely correct…even then we (I) misjudge and go back that to youngster that I thought would age well…but alas. So as they say, smoke 'em if you got 'em. But save some to smoke later
I’m a huge fan of Bell and I had 6 from the last offering of this cab - all unopened. That is, until last night. I decided to open one to decide if I should buy some more.
This isn’t what I’d call a big, heavy cab but it is quite good. It’s not very dark but a nice medium red. Great aromas on the front end and a nice finish. It’s a little tight right now so I think it could stand to age a bit.
What I had a hard time deciding is if it’s worth $40 per bottle - roughly the offering price with tax (at least for me). In the end I think that it is. I can’t think of another cab in that price range that could stack up to it. But I think that you might have to be at least a little patient with it. On the flip side, I don’t think this will be a cab that you’ll hang onto for 10 years. I’m not sure it has the backbone to last that long.
I’d love to hear someone else who has had this chime in.
I tried that. It doesn’t work. The “hold” fridge fills up before most of the wines in there are ready to be moved to the “on deck” fridge or consumed. Then you don’t have adequate space for more “hold” wines in the “hold fridge,” so you start putting them in the “on deck” fridge instead. Now you’re back in the same unmanageable situation you were in before, but have two fridges to try to sort out instead of one. :^(
I later discovered, much to my wife’s dissatisfaction, that a third fridge (The “big one”) doesn’t help either.
Not that I don’t have domestic cabs over 10 years old because I do, but I do start worrying about them at the ten year mark. Most of my CA cabs are drunk before age 10. Bordeaux however is the opposite, I check in here and there but generally don’t even think about drinking them until the 10 year mark and hold most much longer than that. No right or wrong, just personal preference.