09 Apr

How long can I keep my Winexpert Wines?

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Below is a simplified ageing chart that will provide a guideline for cellaring your wines. Please keep in mind there are many variables that will affect your wines once racked. Temperature, fluctuations in temperature, relative humidity,  and wine type  to name a few. For example, the difference in temperature from the floor to the ceiling in the same room can be as high as 5 degrees. Follow the basics (see my wine storage category) and you will be fine. And most importantly…keep your bottles clean!

Approximate Ageing Potential for Winexpert Wines

Most wines will improve with age when stored and kept under the right conditions. The first 3 months of ageing are the most dramatic for the wine due to the bottle shock coming off and the wine calming down. Below you will find the Ageing guideline for your wine type.

Wine Code Wine Levels Fermentation Duration When It Should Peak Maximum Cellaring Time
ECLIPSE Ultra Premium 8 week wine Red: 1-2 years White: 6-12 months 3-4 years
SI LTD Limited Edition 6 week wine Red: 1-2 years White: 6 –12 months 2-3 years
SI Selection International 6 week wine Red: 1-2 years White: 6 –12 months 2-3 years
SO Selection Original 6 week wine Red: 1-2 years White: 6-12 months 2-3 years
WV World Vineyard 4 week wine Red: 6-12months White: 6-9 months 1-2 years
VR Vintners Reserve 4 week wine Red: 6-12 months White: 6-9 months 1-2 years
IM Island Mist 4 week fruit wine Immediately 1 year

** Potential ageing is an approximation. There are many variables that can affect ageing times such as cellar temperature. Ideally you should store your wines in a controlled climate of 55˚-65˚F and no temperature fluctuations will keep your wine longer.

The 3 Phases of Wine

Phase 1: Improving until it is at its peak, this phase allows the wine to develop a bouquet and show its true varietal characteristics.

Phase 2: Holding at its peak, in this phase the wine will not improve anymore.

Phase 3: Past its peak and on its way down, the wine will slowly lose fruitiness and structure, which can lead to oxidization if it is left too long past the peak.

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4 Comments on “ How long can I keep my Winexpert Wines? ”

  1. Jason Phelps February 11, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    I have never seen this data before but my experience totally backs it up!


  2. Karen Abram March 3, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    Hey Craig: Just finally logged on to your new website – awesome!!! We love making our wine, and even more, enjoy drinking it!

    Your expertise and knowledge of the wines that we do make is so enjoyable.

    Thank you for a great winemaking experience.

    Bob & Karen Abram

  3. Ruth Reynolds April 2, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    Good to know. And why is it so important to keep your bottles clean? You always see them brushing the dust off in the movies. Just curious.

  4. Craig April 2, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    Gotta love the dust on the outside of the bottle since it tells me it is well aged. I wish I could by a spray can of dust and spray my cellar just so my wines would at least look older.
    Always keep the inside of the bottles clean. Most wine loss after bottling is due to them being not cleaned and improper storage.

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