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Many red wines from the best growing areas often do two things when they are aged long-term in the bottle: They improve in quality and appreciate in value. The ideal cellar temperature is 50-55 degrees, but the important factor is consistent temperature, without huge fluctuations.

This chart is only a guide, as the conditions under which you store your wine and your own palate should be the final determinants as to when your wines will be at optimum maturity.

Varietal Reference: M= Merlot, CF= Cabernet Franc, CS= Cabernet Sauvignon.

Illustration
201175% M  15% CF  10% CS2014-2027Inquire
201048% M  30% CF  22% CS2013-2026Inquire
200981% M  16% CF  3% CS2012-2025Inquire
200875% M  23% CF  2% CS2011-2025Sold out
200775% M  20% CF  5% CS2009-2025Sold out
200686% M  11% CF  3% CS2008-2020Sold out
Proprietary Red Wine
200596% M  4% CS2008-2017Sold out
200495% M  5% CS2007-2016Sold out
200395% M  5% CS2006-2015Sold out
Paramour
201171% CF  19% M  10% CS2014-2027Inquire
201041% CF  36% M  23% CS2013-2026Inquire
200961% CF  25% M  14% CS2012-2025Inquire
200849% CF  43% M  8% CS2011-2025Sold out
200750% CF  45% M  8% CS2009-2025Sold out
200648% CF  44% M  5% CS2008-2017Sold out
200550% CF  50% M  8% CS2008-2015Sold out
Contrarian
201143% CF  29% CS  28% M2014-2027Inquire
201048% CS  32% CF  20% M2013-2026Inquire
200941% CF  25% CS  24% M2012-2025Inquire
200838% M  35% CF  27% CS2011-2025Sold out
200746% CF  34% CS  20% M2009-2025Sold out
200638% CS  34% CF  28% M2008-2020Sold out
Arise
201161% M  27% CF  12% CS2013-2023Inquire
201061% M  20% CS  19% CF2012-2022Inquire
200953% M  25% CF  22% CS2011-2025Inquire
200842% M  38% CS  20% CF2011-2025Sold out
200775% M  20% CF  5% CS2009-2025Sold out
2006100% M2008-2015Sold out
Arriviste Rosé
201358% CS  22% M  20% CF2014-2016Inquire
201238% M  36% CS  26% CF2013-2015Inquire
201140% CS  33% M  27% CF2012-2014Inquire
201048% CS  39% M  13% CF2011-2013Sold out
200958% CS  30% M  12% CF2010-2012Sold out
200895% CS  5% M2009-2012Sold out
200780% M  20% CS2008-2009Sold out

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