HOME > Chowhound > Wine >
What's your latest food project?
TELL US

1985 White Zinfandel

l
lizmurphy Jul 25, 2009 02:15 PM

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

  1. c
    cstr Jul 30, 2009 09:37 AM

    It's like Kool Ade to begin with, I'd pop it and give it a sniff first.

    1. d
      dd992emo Jul 28, 2009 12:29 PM

      Use it for target practice...

      1 Reply
      1. re: dd992emo
        PolarBear Jul 28, 2009 05:08 PM

        ROTFLMAO, pretty much my thoughts with any vintage/vintner.

      2. cookie monster Jul 27, 2009 03:58 PM

        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.

        1. w
          wineman3 Jul 27, 2009 03:53 PM

          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. Gussie Finknottle Jul 26, 2009 04:00 AM

            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
              w
              wew Jul 26, 2009 09:33 AM

              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
                r
                redmeatfan Jul 26, 2009 04:29 PM

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

                1. re: redmeatfan
                  w
                  wew Jul 27, 2009 01:56 PM

                  That's nice

                  1. re: redmeatfan
                    invinotheresverde Jul 27, 2009 03:45 PM

                    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
                      z
                      zin1953 Jul 29, 2009 07:23 PM

                      "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 . . .

                2. Chinon00 Jul 25, 2009 08:59 PM

                  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. w
                    wew Jul 25, 2009 04:42 PM

                    No, even if it once was, no.

                    Show Hidden Posts