Monday, December 22, 2014

Perfectly Aged Wine: Keswick 2010 Merlot

They say that about ninety percent of the wine sold in America is consumed within 48 hours of purchase. We couldn't actually find a reference to quote, but we have heard this statistic quoted so many times that it is at least an Urban Legend. 

When we opened a bottle of Keswick Vineyards Merlot 2010 the other evening, we were greeted by a wine which is at its peak. It is fabulous with its smooth depth and nose. The winemaker's notes suggest this wine will be good for up to 8 years and I believe that this will definitely be true.

The experience reminded me that saving the right wine for the right amount of time significantly improves the enjoyment. It is a bit sad the wines are sold before they are ready to be consumed--especially when certain ones age so well. 

We had enjoyed other bottle of this vintage a few weeks ago and were ready to fully enjoy this one when it was opened.

Not every wine is designed to be aged--but those that benefit from "laying down" can be very special when they are finally opened. 

-- Bob and Christina Doan, Elkridge, MD

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