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Jul 2, 2006 11:15 PM

Recommendation as a wedding gift

I want to give a bottle of wine to friends who are marrying this summer that I want them to age and not open until at least their 5th anniversary (preferably 10th, actually). There are a few criteria that the recommendation would need to satisfy and I would appreciate any advice you may have about wines that may be appropriate.

The criteria:
- ages within a min of 5 years, max 10 years
- final product should end up with very prominent fruit notes, minimal oakiness, and relatively light- to medium-bodied (they don't have very sophisticated wine palates, though I'm hoping that might change in 5 to 10 years!)
- price range of <$40

I was thinking a beaujolais? Any other ideas?

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  1. I would stay away from Beaujolais. They really don't age that well. A Moulin-a-vent might last up to 10 yrs or so but for the most part they should be drunk in 2 or 3 yrs. Generally medium to light body wines are not going to age very well.
    You don't say where you are so prices would vary but in this area (St. Pete/Clearwater Florida) there are any number of good Cabernets in the $40 to $50 range that would be ready in 5 or 10 yrs.
    St. Clement Oroppas 2001
    Stag's Leap Artemis 2003
    Conn Creek Reserve 2002
    T-Vines Monte Rosso 2003

    Or you might try a dessert wine. You shouldn't have to worry about it aging. And wine novices would appreciate them.
    There are some wonderful Australian Muscats and Tokays from the Rutherglen area that fit the price in a 375 size.