Small Collection – Worth Keeping in the “Cellar”?
My wife and I have been holding onto a few bottles with little reason, yet, to open and enjoy. We think of these as "investments", even if the investment is in some future, fabulous dinner or event, or as a gift, or to forget and discover as some treasure years down the line.
1988 Château Mouton Rothschild. This is the one with the Keith Haring label.
1997 Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve. Signed by Robert Mondavi, Jim Mondavi and R. Michael London(?). This we keep for the signature of Robert Mondavi.
1998 St. Francis Cabernet Sauvignon – Sonoma County. I remember St. Francis as being somewhat popular years ago, but I don't see much of them these days.
1984 Belvedere Winery Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon Discovery Series.
1985 Renaissance Cabernet Sauvignon. Very small AVA (North Yuba). I had a bottle of this, or similar, years ago, and loved it!
1979 Cedar Ridge North Coast Cabernet Sauvignon. Is Cedar Ridge still operating? I can't find anything about them (not the Iowa company).
The Cedar Ridge and Belvedere should be good for a wine-tasting party. If they are past their prime (as I suspect), they'll serve as examples of what can happen to good wine if cellared too long.
If any of these have turned or "gone bad", they'll likewise serves as learning tools.
Any input would be appreciated!
By the way, I have these "cellared" in a rack in a pantry up against a masonry chimney that hasn't been used in decades. It maintains a very even temperature.
Submitted February 27, 2017 at 10:49PM by darklyshining
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