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Vintages?

Postby Marlyne K » Sun Aug 11, 2013 4:09 pm

I have Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet (not Reserve) '07, '09, and 10. Also Chateau Ste. Michele Cabernet Columbia Valley '08.
I check the vintage charts in WS and WE, but can't figure what to drink and what to hold, and until when.
Any help (and tn's) would be appreciated.
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Re: Vintages?

Postby Tom V » Sun Aug 11, 2013 5:32 pm

No need to complicate it Marlyne. None of those wines require extended cellaring and are basically ready to go upon release. The Beringers will hold for years but won't necessarily improve. I say drink 'em whenever you like starting with the oldest and enjoy!
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Re: Vintages?

Postby Marlyne K » Sun Aug 11, 2013 5:41 pm

Thanks so much for the info. I guess there are those cabs that will age (Montelena or Monte Bello) and those that are really for imbibing. I was told to let the Ridge Zins gather some dust before opening, so didn't know what to do about these. Got a bunch of drinking ahead of me!!! Only good times.
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Re: Vintages?

Postby Tom V » Sun Aug 11, 2013 7:17 pm

Ridge Zinfandels can be very long lived. I recently had a 1991 Lytton Springs Ridge Zin that was very enjoyable. It had been stored perfectly, which is of course vital. So if you have a few of these sample them a few years apart and you'll know if you prefer them young or with more age on them. Enjoy your good times!
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Re: Vintages?

Postby Jon Peterson » Mon Aug 12, 2013 11:53 am

Isn't it something like only 2% of wines are really made with the intention that they should be aged?
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Re: Vintages?

Postby Dale Williams » Fri Aug 16, 2013 10:13 pm

My experience with Beringers KV is almost entirely with 2000 and earlier vintages. Always a good steak wine young. But I grabbed a case of 97 a couple years ago at auction at a very low price, all have been nice examples of mature CS. And a single bottle of '78 3 years ago still had life.
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