Most of the time, I have a bottle and like it, then I have another bottle a couple of years later of the same wine, same vintage, and it's pretty much the same stuff.
Tonight was a much happier experience.
I bought a couple of bottles of Leon Beyer 2000 gewurz, from Alsace, early in 2004, from Beltramo's in Menlo Park.
I opened the first bottle in July 2004 and wrote, "Nice Gewurz, pale color, mild nose, lemony, not too much spice. Good, not excellent."
It was lemon chicken, leftover spaghetti, carrot-and-rice casserole tonight, plus some garden-fresh tomatoes, the kind of supper that I don't expect to find anything remarkable from the wine.
I got an unexpected bonus from the bottle that I opened tonight. Vastly better than two years ago. Gold verging on brass, very light aroma, rich nutmeggy-spice flavor. Very very good. Lots of length, and lots of consistency from the beginning to the end of a mouthful.
Cost me $15.99 which I think of as pretty high for white wine, back in April 2004.