Oct 30th 2009 11:31PM Sorry bout the typos btw, I typed that out way too fast...the message is clear enough.
Oct 30th 2009 11:29PM Bill is 100% correct. The short answer to why is that tannic acid chains in older red wines have had years to break down(that is part of what becomes sediment). The reason we age wines is so that the young tannins that make a wine so harsh and"too young" can mellow. Older wines have LESS of a shelf life because they have less acids to maintain the structure of the wines hence they oxidize faster. The young wines have more than enough acids to keep the wine drinkable for days. That is not to say that you should keep your bottle of cab open for a week and think it will be the same beautiful wine it was when you opened it. Many restaurants employ inert gases, wine keeper systems etc to prolong BTG shelf life. Most of the MS(Court of Master Sommeliers-I waiting to test for my Level 3 advanced this coming year and have been a pro wine buyer for almost ten years) will tell you not decant wines over 20 years or so. Reidel has smaller sommelier series bordeaux glasses specifically for vintage bordeaux for this very reason. With many of the older wines they might have an hour before they fade off and "die". I've had many wines from the 50's -70's that this is true for.
The same rule applies to vintage white and champagne. The higher the acidity level the longer they will last once opened. The high acidity of Grand cru Burgundies and other famous whites are what allow them to age, and also what can make many of them "a little dry" to consume young.
Ultimately it is completely about taste. I tell my guests that wines are like left overs. They may still be good the next day but they will never be as good as they were fresh out of the kitchen and you should drank and eat them fast.
Apr 24th 2009 12:26AM if that's how it's going to be, Teuscher should be suing for champagne truffles...rediculous. They are completely different.
Feb 24th 2009 1:08AM So after many hours trying to figure out why this house looked so familiar, this was the mansion used on American Idol as the "Judge's Mansion"! Beautiful home and I'm sure the Idol appearance just added to the value(or I'm sure so they hoped!). It is gaudy, though the details are superb! I remember watching and thinking, who does cielings like that, did you see that molding etc.!
Feb 16th 2009 8:10PM This is actually brilliant! Any outdoor water activities where glass can be dangerous and in many cases not allowed: poolside, the beach, day boating...I've been dying for this for my Florida home by the beach!
Feb 4th 2009 12:15PM It's as if they threw a Bulgari Bezel on an updated Vacheron Constantin Kalla Lune. Not Impressed with this one.