There are ways to tell if a wine is Age-Worthy. Most wines are not designed to age at all. That runs against the thinking of many people that assume wine lasts forever. Everyday red wines last for about five years. Everyday white wine lasts for about 2 to 3 years. Color is one way to tell if a wine fits your criteria.
- It is a myth that wine gets better with time – red wines have a 5 year life and white/rose wines have a 2-3 year life.
- Key characteristics of age-worthy wines include vibrant color, higher tannin, higher acidity, alcohol level, and complexity.
- For storage, a climate controlled space will extend the life of the wine as fluctuating temperatures accelerate aging.
“The density of the color (how opaque it is) isn’t necessarily as important as the vibrancy of the color. Red wines that have prematurely aged often appear more dull and sometimes have a more yellowish tint at the rim.”