To Cellar or Drink Now. Our “drinkability” report by Keith Tyers

You’ve heard that wine gets better with time but when is it time to drink a wine? Aging or “cellaring” a wine means you take the wine you’ve purchased and store it in a cool, dark place for a number of years, allowing the wine to evolve. However, sometimes it’s hard to know when a wine is at it’s peak. Luckily, Keith recently tasted through Closson Chase’s library and has the following recommendations to help you keep pace with your collection:

Our Chardonnays

2008

Vineyard – Drink now
South Clos – Drink now or hold for 2 yrs
KJ Watson – Drink now or hold for 2 yrs
Beamsville Bench – Drink now or hold for 1 yr

2009

CCV – Hold for 2-4 yrs
Vineyard – Drink now
South Clos – Drink now or hold for 1-3 yrs
KJ Watson- Drink now

2010

Vineyard – Hold for 2-4 yrs
South Clos – Hold for 3-5 yrs
Kocsis Vineyard – Drink now
Iconoclast – Hold 3-5 yrs

2011

Vineyard – Drink now
South Clos – Hold for 2-4 yrs

2012

Vineyard – Hold for 3-5 yrs
South Clos – Hold for 2-3 yrs

2013

Vineyard – Hold for 3-5 yrs
South Clos – Hold for 5-7 yrs

Our Pinots

2005/2006
Assemblage – Drink now

2007

Vineyard – Drink now

2008

KJ Watson – Drink now

2009

Vineyard – Drink now
Churchside – Hold for 1-3 yrs
KJ Watson – Hold for 1-3 yrs

2010

Vineyard – Fading
Churchside – Fading
KJ Watson – Hold for 2-4 yrs

2011

Watson – Drink now

Wine is a living, breathing thing that changes with time in the bottle. Depending on the wine, it can take months to years for the molecular structure to change. If you’re cellaring wine
our suggestions will definitely give you a baseline for an expiration date.

Now the fun part, drink up and see how your wine is evolving.