As the Paul Mason commercial says “I will serve no wine before its time”. But what exactly is “its” time? At a recent wine tasting I tried a few “older or aged” wines. It was a vertical tasting of 1964 top five great growth classified Bordeaux. I would say they all had a four second nose and then passed away calmly in their sleep. The wine was shot. No taste, loss of color (faded) to that  early warning sign of death, brown as opposed to a lively mega purple when alive. These wines were all stored properly by a wine aficionado I know named Doug. When I asked Doug WTF? he said this is typical of older wines. More are put out to pasture than actually live to see enjoyment in their golden years. A tried a few 2007 California cult wines that were DOA also. A wine industry and restaurant sales strategy. Commanding extremely high prices for older vintages. My point is some people love these faded glories. I think they are too egotistic to actually admit the wine is bad. I think they are part of a group of wine conspirators that keep this aging myth alive. Or maybe their cellar if full of these shot wines and they do not want to admit their financial loss or poor decision to not drink the juice sooner rather than later. Maybe three decades ago when Barolo was as thick as thieves and could age for decades with the “traditional” wine making methods of Europe, this aging concept provided noteworthy to older wines. But today with the “modern” wine making methods it does not. Micro-filtration, etc remove some of the mortal coils in wine that made aging a possibility of yesteryear.  I say drink up now! If it tastes good now why would it taste better later? A wine purchased today might not taste good next year. Your tastes change as you age too. So that case you purchased this year you might not like anymore in later years. My rule of thumb is that wine is at its peak five years from the vintage date. After that you have two to five more years until death.  So do not buy more than three bottles of you “favorite” wine. This way you can see if it ages well and if not you cut your losses. -Keith Ian