For the most part, white wines tend to be best when enjoyed young. Nowadays, most people who drink white wines are looking for a crisp, fresh, light wine with fruity and floral notes. These types of white wines, like Sauvignon Blanc and unoaked Chardonnay, are best enjoyed young. The acidity wanes over time so they lose the tartness on the palate if they are aged.
However, white wines with a little bit of residual sugar and / or oak aging are great candidates for cellaring. In this case, the beautiful non-fruit characteristics of butterscotch, smoke, or roasted nuts are more pronounced. If you like a complex white wine with these types of notes expressed, some additional bottle aging in your cellar could be a great idea.
Characteristics of Red Wines with Age
When enjoying red wines, if you are someone who loves the aromas of herbs, baking spices, leather, tobacco, cured meats, and earthy notes, you’ll want to consider aging your red wines. As mentioned earlier, Napa Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux wines are great candidates for aging. Any high-quality warmer climate red wine is a great candidate for aging. However, if you like ripe and jammy fruity aromatic characteristics in your red wines, you will want to enjoy them sooner rather than later.
Wrap Up on Aging Wine
Ultimately, deciding what wine to drink versus hold comes down to your personal preferences as well as the quality and structure of the wine. If you love complex wines with aromatic characteristics beyond fruity notes, consider aging your wine! When making a decision on which white wines to age, assess the quality, the climate, and the structural components. It takes a great deal of patience, but the reward at the end of the wait is so worth it. Let us know how your wine aging goes!