Author: Dirk Chan
They say wine enjoyment is 50% olfactory, well if that’s the case, you should be looking for some aged wines. I’m always thrilled when that special wine that has me sniffing from the glass over and over again seamingly never needing to taste the wine. That ‘wow’ nose is when there’s flowers, tar, earth, minerals, tea, chocolate, spice, barnyard etc.. – all those great descriptors of scents are what is known as secondary characteristics that develop with time in the bottle, usually close to a decade of cellaring time. Unfortunately, to get wines that have vintages starting with ‘19′ nowadays means either you would have had to purchase them on release and kept it yourself for all this time, or you purchase from a retailer who has kept the wine in their storage facilities or sometimes the winery releases what’s known as library releases directly from the winery cellars.