When I started collecting wine some time ago, I was advised to hold a wine until it reached its prime. Now what does this mean?
There are some wines which don’t improve with age – let’s call them PNP for “Pop and Pour”. But most fine wines have a drinking window (starting and ending year) when the wine is best consumed.
I find this information at CellarTracker.com where I also maintain an inventory of bottles in my cellar. The dates are not scientific but a guide to avoid the common mistake of holding wine past its prime, especially that special bottle we all have tucked away.
It was Saturday night, an opportunity to check vintages in my cellar and these 2 Washington state Cabs were ready to go. With a hot climate similar to California, Washington state has ideal growing conditions for Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah varietals. California dominates US wine production with 85% but Washington state has 2nd most production with 5%. Can you name the other 3 states that together with California comprise 96% of US wine production? (see answer below)
LONG SHADOWS Feather Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Cabernet Sauvignon 100%
Columbia Valley, Washington
The Long Shadows collection brings together reputable winemakers from around the world with the best fruit in Washington State. Randy Dunn makes full-body Cabs from his esteemed estate vineyards on Howell Mountain, Napa Valley. During my recent visit to Howell Mountain, I heard often heard this phrase “iron fist in velvet glove” to describe their bold, full throttle red wines.
JB NEUFELD Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc
Yakima Valley, sub-appellation in Columbia Valley
Ranking of states for 2021 wine production
- California (84.4%)
- Washington (5.1%)
- New York (3.5%)
- Pennsylvania (1.5%)
- Oregon (1.4%)
Cheers, Bob the WineGuy
Anne Martoglio said:
Interesting to see Pennsylvania edging out Oregon!
Anne, I can’t name a winery in PA, can you? Is a round-trip necessary?
Your wine collection is beautiful
Darlene, thanks for your compliment. The cellar construction was fun, but filling it is even more fun!
Mike G said:
Emptying it is the most fun…
Mike G said:
Bob I knew New York and Oregon were top 5 but PA took me completely by surprise, the only winery I have gone to in PA is the Mount Nittany Vineyard which I would never go to again. Years ago I bought a case of 1989 Beringer Private Reserve Cab Sav that I let the last 3 bottles go past there prime drinking time, what a disappointment. My new motto is “The future is now” ….
Mike, I agree that PA wine production greater than Oregon is puzzling. Oregon produces great pinot noir wines and nice whites such as pinot gris. And PA retail stores are state run so who is buying PA wine?
Yep, emptying is the most fun😀