Was at a party the other day and a couple explained their faux pas. They received a gift of a bottle of wine and drank it, after which they were told that they shouldn't have, that it was an old [seemingly sacred] bottle from Jefferson's Monticello Estate. They at least kept the bottle, they said, which also had value.
My question is:
How do you know when a wine is aged to perfection or under- or over-aged before you even open it? Is it half-spiritual? Or totally scientific (or, I mean documented)?
Seriously, the wine was obviously not from the 1800's, but quite old from the estate (which evidently, is still producing?)
Is the Monticello Estate Winery the same as Monticello Vineyards Winery?
(Can you tell I'm a novice?)