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by Fred McMillin
Age Inexpensive Reds?
"Price can be a rough indicator of ageability, although it isn't always reliable. A very cheap wine...is probably not intended for aging. The best California wine for aging is Cabernet Sauvignon."
...Larry Walker, San Francisco Chronicle, 1993
The Rest of the Story
How would two years in the cellar affect a 1993, $11 Rutherford Ranch (California) Cabernet Sauvignon?
The Comparison of Two Bottles of the 1993
The 1996 Tasting
The 1999 Tasting
1993 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
Wine historian Charles Sullivan tells of a California Cab, a 1974, that "developed an almost legendary reputation in the 1980s among collectors." Who produced it? Ernie Van Asperen.
Note: The first tasting was described in the Jan. 23,1997 WineDay article, "A Second Label to Remember".
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