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Jul 25, 2009 02:15 PM

1985 White Zinfandel

Can a 1985 white zinfandel still be good to drink? Was stored in a basement cabinet, cool area, upright position, for 20 years.

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  1. No, even if it once was, no.

    1. Being that the stuff is pretty innocuous in character to begin with, I don't think that its flavor could have suffered much. Pop it open and try it.

      1. The only way is to open it and taste it.

        Chances are that it won't be to your taste. These wines were not meant for aging.

        5 Replies
        1. re: Gussie Finknottle

          Sure give it a taste. Great way to learn, bit like a treasure hunt. Just don't feed it to the newts.

          1. re: wew

            good Cali Chard does hold that long for the most part.

              1. re: redmeatfan

                Chardonnay and white zin are two very different beasts, no?

                Also, I'd debate that. I think almost all CA chardonnay drinks better young. There's just not enough acid in most of them to keep the wines balanced and age-worthy.

                1. re: redmeatfan

                  "for the most part"??? Even for Grands Crus de Bourgogne and Grands Crus Chablis, two decades is pushing it! It's been my experience that, for California, I can name the 20+ year old Chardonnays I tasted that were any good on one hand . . .

            1. on this I would bet any sum of money that it is BAD again any sum of course you would have to fly me there if a bet was to ensue.

              1. It just so happens that this weekend we discovered a bottle of 1995 white zinfandel in the back of my friends' wine cabinet. Being up for an experiment, we stuck it in the fridge and opened it a couple hours later. It was . . . different. Color had changed to a yellowy-orange, kind of like sauternes, and it was syrupy and thick. Tasted like a not very good dessert wine. I wouldn't try it again, but it was interesting.