Tasting older wines can be eye-opening or disappointing, depending on whether they have withstood the test of time. Younger wines are much like the juvenile colt champing at the bit. I haven't changed my overall preference for youthful wines, but I did have many great moments this year with wines old and young, traditional and unknown alike. I feel wealthier for having experienced the classics and gaining an understanding of how grapes are interpreted in a diversity of growing regions. Along the way, there were adventures and discoveries.