Hi Wine-hounds --
So I was out in California over the holidays and bought a case of wine to be shipped to my home in NYC. Unfortunately, the polar vortex came along and wacked the wine. At least some of the wine froze to some extent in the recent arctic blast.
When I opened the shipping carton, three corks had popped out entirely and the wine was everywhere. Three corks had "popped" about 75% out, but the wine stayed in the bottle. Obviously these had at least partially frozen.
Six corks/capsules remained entirely intact. We drank one of the "popped" wines when the case showed up and it seemed okay.
Before I continue with my story, I will say that I called the winery immediately and they were incredibly nice. They immediately offered to reship the entire order next week.
My question is, how much are these wines compromised? Are the 6 fully intact bottles okay to lay down for a while, if I choose? Obviously the 3 popped corks aren't something I'd feel comfortable storing for more than... oh, a couple of days or so. And vertically, at that.
I'm not a wine collector, and I'm certainly no expert. I simply like wine. Our biggest impediment to starting a cellar is 1) we live in NYC, and 2) we'll probably wind up drinking it within 3-4 months :-)
Thank you for your wisdom.
PS - we received a case the day before from a different winery in the same region. None of them appeared to have been compromised. Possibly a different shipping route?