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Older wine . . . Worried some may be getting past it's prime.

RhonelyInsanediego | Feb 9, 201512:38 PM

I have been collecting for 3 plus decades now. Have a wide variety of stuff from my anniversary year (1990) and the years my kids were born (1995 & 1997 and neither are old enough to legally drink yet). I am especially keen to present these bottles to my kids on special milestones for them (graduations, engagements, weddings, birthdays,etc.). Everything I've kept from those years was meant to benefit from aging. They are mostly high end California Cabs, first growth Bordeaux (Chateau Margaux, Ausone, Palmer), Burgundy, and Rhones, plus a few Spanish and Italian wines.

Obviously I have been holding some of this stuff for quite some time now in my wine lockers (56F - 57F). Based on tasting reviews and other things I believe a good many of these bottles to be at, nearing, or even beyond their prime (we're only talking like 36 or so bottles).

I am beginning to wonder if some these wines should be put into SUSPENDED ANIMATION for my kids to get maximum enjoyment from them. By that I mean putting them onto the bottom shelf of my spare fridge at 41 F to arrest their aging. Or could the cold temp be deleterious and I should leave them aging as is? What should I do (other alternatives, do we drink em now!)? Need advice from the knowledgeable Wine Hounds that frequent these boards. I would really like to preserve this cool legacy for them as something that will be enjoyable over the next 10 years or so.

Thanks in advance. Any ideas, thoughts, affirmations, or concerns, would be greatly appreciated.

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