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Nov 13, 2012 01:27 PM

Expired wine question?

hi all

would these wines still be drinkable:

geyser peak cab 2005

concannon merlot 2003

sonona county merlot 2003

all CA wines...

i know they arent the *greatest* wines, but i have access to cases of it free if its worth it...


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  1. Do you have any idea how they've been stored? Air conditioning? Someone's garage? An warehouse subject to the climate?

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    1. re: sunshine842

      they have been in a liquor store this whole time, they brought cases and cases to the dump assuming they were bad. ??? i thought that was nuts

      1. re: niccole

        Biggest enemies for wine: light, motion, and heat-- especially temperature that changes a lot.

        If it was stored in closed bottles, rarely or never disturbed, and stored at controlled, constant temperatures, maybe. None of those are particularly high-end labels, so I wouldn't hold out a huge amount of hope, but perhaps.

        If it was shuffled around an non-climate-controlled warehouse in opened boxes? It's not even worth vinegar.

        And if it's been sitting outside in the light getting warm at the junkyard? Bleh. Let it lie.

        Mostly -- you're really going to salvage wine from the county dump? C'mon -- you're better than that.

        1. re: sunshine842

          hahaha i hear ya. i intercepted it first, i didnt salvage it from the dump, im not that bad. thanks for the info :)

    2. The cab is obviously your best shot as it's the youngest of the bunch and Cab Sauv tends to age better than many other grapes.

      As an aside, I've read that the Tempranillo grape has inherently one of the best aging potentials.

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      1. re: RhonelyInsanediego

        *IF* it's been reasonably well cared-for.

        A wine shop/liquor store that loses that many cases of inexpensive wine for that many years doesn't really instill a lot of trust.

      2. Why can't you just sample a bottle of each?

        1. All of them could be just fine if they've been stored reasonably well. If you have can,just give them a try. If it were me, and the wine were free, I'd go for it...... unless I had good reason to believe they'd been warehoused in the sun at 90+ degrees.

          BTW... "Sonoma County Merlot" is not a specific winery, as are Geyser Peak and Concannon. Sonoma County is an appellation, or origin of the fruit.

          Have fun!!!!

          1. If you have come this far from saving them from the dump...might as well open them :)

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            1. re: sedimental

              I agree completely.

              Just have backups handy!


              1. re: Bill Hunt

                i will try them for sure! what the hell, right?

                1. re: niccole


                  I have "found" orphan bottles in my cellar, and dredge them out - but always have backups!