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dgross Nov 3, 2011 08:16 PM

Hello :). I have a collection of wines that have been stored in a root cellar that have an average age of ~ 1997. I haven't tried any in a couple of years, but when I did, they were quite good. Some of the ones in question are a 1998 Opus One vintage. Do you think they are still good? I would welcome any input and thanks in advance.....

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    Maximilien RE: dgross Nov 3, 2011 08:34 PM

    There is only one way to know: open it and taste it; if it's good drink it, if it's not, don't.

    (and have a couple of safe backups just in case)

    1. Bill Hunt RE: dgross Nov 3, 2011 08:50 PM

      Depending on the ambient temp of that root cellar, the Opus should be just fine.

      Still, and as Maximillien says, always have a Plan B, just in case.

      As a side note, wines are fairly durable, but react mos badly with rapid temp variations and UV light. The root cellar, and for the time, should have been fine.



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        dgross RE: Bill Hunt Nov 4, 2011 08:04 AM

        Thanks a bunch :)! The root cellar is a seperate room in the basement of my bff's house and has been covered with insulating panels so the temp. doesn't change much. Considering there are approx. 60 bottles I should have plenty of Plan B options :). Looking forward to trying some for Thanksgiving :)!

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          Bill Hunt RE: dgross Nov 4, 2011 09:42 PM

          To provide info for others, in similar circumstances, when you DO open those wines, please give us a review in this thread.

          The "how good will ____ be, after being stored for ____ years?" threads are common. Most of us can only guess, based on our cellars, and our experiences, but often really do not know - too many variables. So, with your info, others might well benefit.

          Enjoy, and do not forget "Plan B."


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            dgross RE: Bill Hunt Nov 5, 2011 10:02 AM

            Thanks so much and I will post reviews as we open and taste these wines :).

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