Storing and Aging Wine
I have a pretty good sized cellar with room for over a 1,000 bottles and with normally 5-600 in storage at any time, mostly reds. I really enjoy having my cellar and I like to purchase wine, read reviews and of course to drink it.
I had three good friends over last week and we opened three different bottles -- a 1994 Rioja Gran Reserva, a 1997 Brunello and a 2000 California Cab. All of these were wines priced in the $50-70 range. The Rioja and the Brunello were both disappointing, but the Cab was still wonderful. As this was an impromptu get together, we just opened and poured these wines and the Brunello did improve with a little air, but the Rioja was definitely a bit tired.
Even though I buy a lot of wines that are "age worthy," I must say I'm beginning to believe more and more that it's risky and not really worth it to hold even good wines for too long. I'm sure I'll keep doing it because it is fun to try and sometimes a bottle just ends up hanging around for awhile. But it seems to me that a lot of these good wines are really pretty close to peak in the 5-10 year range.