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Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

No Time Like the Present

There's no guarantee when it comes to aging wines

Posted: November 4, 2013  By James Laube

More than one person asked me during the Wine Spectator Wine Experience, "What is the fascination with wines aging?" To one man's ears, several vintners emphasized not only the youth of their wines but that they had long lives ahead. Since I'm not a fan of aged wines, the answer was easy and came in parts.

In my experience, and to my tastes, most wines don't improve with age. Most of the time they stay about the same for the first few years of their lives. Therefore, there's little motivation to cellar them.

But there are just as many wine lovers on the other side of the ledger. Old or long-lived wines evoke excitement among connoisseurs, a sort of time travel that can provide a unique drinking experience, provided you like the wines once they've aged. The biggest tradeoff that comes with age affects its fruit profile. The compromise: pure fruit vitality for the subtle nuances that may come with time.

Lynch isn't much a fan of California wine, yet it appears that he disqualifies himself from passing judgment on the mere basis that he hasn't and doesn't follow California's wines as closely as many. His import business is based in St. Helena, in Napa Valley, run by a Napa vintner, Bruce Neyers, and I suspect Lynch pays far greater attention to California wine than he allows. He is, after all, a businessman who competes against California.

Oct. 31, 2013 Issue  :  Features

A Second-Floor Sanctuary

Michael and Traci Zeller, Charlotte, N.C.

Posted: October 31, 2013  By Lizzie Munro

Oct. 31, 2013 Issue  :  Features

Transforming a Kitchen Breezeway

Steve and Lisa Stokes, San Jose, Calif.

Posted: October 31, 2013  By Lizzie Munro

Oct. 31, 2013 Issue  :  Features

Downsizing with a Custom Design

Michael Adamson, Vancouver, B.C.

Posted: October 31, 2013  By Lizzie Munro

Oct. 31, 2013 Issue  :  Features

Glasswork for a Showpiece Cellar

Dennis and Ann Ross, Wichita, Kan.

Posted: October 31, 2013  By Lizzie Munro

Oct. 31, 2013 Issue  :  Features

Renovated Butler's Pantry

Melissa Brondeau, Gladwyne, Pa.

Posted: October 31, 2013  By Lizzie Munro

Oct. 31, 2013 Issue  :  Features

A Second Collection for a Second Home

Chris Metz, Big Sky, Mont.

Posted: October 31, 2013  By Lizzie Munro

Oct. 31, 2013 Issue  :  News

V Foundation Wine Celebration Breaks Record for Cancer Research

Posted: October 31, 2013  By Esther Mobley

Oct. 31, 2013 Issue  :  This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

A Fresh Approach to Wine Collecting

Posted: October 31, 2013  By Marvin R. Shanken, Thomas Matthews

Oct. 31, 2013 Issue  :  Features

The Contemporary Cellar

Wine lovers explore new ways to shape and store their collections

Posted: October 31, 2013  By Lizzie Munro

Learn Wine  :  Ask Dr. Vinny

If Burgundy has less tannin than Bordeaux, how come it can age just as long?

Posted: October 21, 2013  

Oct. 15, 2013 Issue  :  News

Smaller Crowd, Bigger Bids for Sun Valley Wine Auction

Posted: October 15, 2013  By Esther Mobley

Oct. 15, 2013 Issue  :  News

Auction Index Posts Small Gain in Second-Quarter 2013

Despite fewer consignments, percent-sold rate remains stable

Posted: October 15, 2013  By Peter D. Meltzer

Learn Wine  :  Ask Dr. Vinny

How much time do I actually have before high temperatures start to damage my wine?

Posted: October 14, 2013  

Collecting  :  Collecting News

Hong Kong Collector Sues American for Questioning Wines' Authenticity

Henry Tang has accused Don Cornwell of libel after L.A. lawyer challenged Burgundies

Posted: October 14, 2013  By Peter Hellman

Collecting  :  Collecting News

Wine Spectator Auction Index Remains Static in Third Quarter of 2013

Record prices for lots with good provenance; New York rose and Hong Kong declined

Posted: October 11, 2013  By Peter D. Meltzer

Sept. 30, 2013 Issue  :  News

Wally's Expands Into New York Auctions

Los Angeles-based retailer taps former Zachys executives

Posted: September 30, 2013  By Peter Hellman

Sept. 30, 2013 Issue  :  News

Destin Charity Wine Auction Continues to Boost Live Bids

Posted: September 30, 2013  By Esther Mobley

Sept. 30, 2013 Issue  :  Features

At Home With Anita Lo

The New York chef shares her weekend retreat on Long Island’s Moriches Bay

Posted: September 30, 2013  By Lizzie Munro

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

The 2013 Cape Winemakers Guild Wines

New reviews of 50 new additions to the Cape Winemakers Guild auction in South Africa

Posted: September 27, 2013  By James Molesworth

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