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Dear Dr. Vinny,

I just hit my early sixties, and it caused me to consider whether I’ll be able to enjoy new vintages by the time they reach their drinking windows. It’s not an issue now, but realistically at some point it will be. In essence, as far as collecting younger wines goes, when is it time to say when?

—Joe, New York

Dear Joe,

This is a pretty deep question, and the answer is very personal. I don’t know how many wines you have in your cellar, how well they are stored, how regularly you drink a bottle, and if you have family that would be interested in inheriting your wines. But I think it’s very normal to wonder such things, especially if you have a taste for well-aged wines.

I think it would be wise to take an inventory of your cellar to give you some clarity. This might help direct any future purchases. If you think you've already got a surplus, you could try to sell them or consider donating them to a charity.

I also have some good news for you: Many of the wines that show well with age will also drink well when young. If you start slowing down your purchases and start drinking the wines in your cellar earlier, you might be pleasantly surprised. Good luck figuring it out, and I’ll raise a glass to your health.

—Dr. Vinny

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