Can a wine's score improve as it favorably ages?

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Dear Dr. Vinny,

Is it possible that expert wine ratings would change favorably as wine ages over time in properly cellared conditions?

—Anton, Manchester, Conn.

Dear Anton,

Sure, and it’s possible that a wine rating could become less favorable over time as well. We occasionally do retrospective tastings, where we revisit a vintage of a particular category to see how the wines are progressing. We rate the bottles we feel have aged well and, compared with their original reviews, the results might be better, worse or the same.

When our reviewers are scoring new releases, they take their experience with how wines age from these retrospective tastings and other research to not only score the wine, but also give their best recommendation for a drink window. That experience is also called upon when they are rating the vintage for a specific region and category.

—Dr. Vinny

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