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As a wine lover, committing each bottle I open to a three-day trial period has become a common practice. Odd, perhaps, but I find it allows me to gauge how much satisfaction in terms of taste, depth and character a given wine has to offer. Obviously there is no clear cut time frame for ensuring optimum pleasure, although once you’ve removed the cork and exposed the wine to air, the clock definitely starts ticking. For years now the issue has stirred debate among so-called wine experts. Some will argue that once a bottle is opened it should be consumed right then and there. Others, like myself, suggest a short window of opportunity to allow the wine to blossom.
So who’s right? You see, wine by its very nature is subjective. Its appeal is based upon personal opinions, interpretations, points of view, emotions and not necessarily by expert analysis. What it all boils down to is you, and only you can make that decision. For example, if you uncork a bottle of Merlot tonight and consume the entire contents and find it to your liking then it was a subjective decision and for you the right one.
On the other hand, if you open that same bottle of Merlot and stretch its contents as I suggest for a few days and still find enjoyment, then it too was the right choice. Once the wine, be it red or white, is completely consumed then and only then will I draw any final conclusions about that particular wine’s appeal or lack thereof.
In my opinion, a three-day period will allow the wine to fully evolve. Various attributes detected on the first day may become more pronounced by day three, thus making the wine more appealing.
Here’s an example of what I’m talking about. I recently opened a 2018 Don Miguel Gascon, Malbec from Argentina. By the way, at a SRP of about $13, this is a terrific wine. After letting it sit out in the open for an hour I poured a glass. I initially detected ripe fruit and a soft texture, which made for a pleasant everyday wine. By day three it had opened up considerably more, allowing me to experience the wine at a different level. This time I perceived lush blueberry and blackberry flavors along with subtle nuances of chocolate malt and a long smooth finish. I now had a much different opinion of the wine.
To have judged this wine prematurely would have underestimated its overall appeal. It became clear by day three that this wine had much more to offer. I was experiencing something new that would not have been apparent on day one, and that’s why I employ a three-day trial period.
A hasty conclusion can oftentimes cause one to make rash judgments about a particular wine. Very often a wine’s true potential will not be fully realized shortly after uncorking the bottle. Therefore, give each wine a fair shake. If by day three the wine leaves a positive impression on you, then it’s one you should always hold on to.
Wine of the week: Domaine Bousquet, NV Brut Rosé, Argentina. This delightful sparkler is made from organic grapes that are hand-harvested. Notes of grapefruit and blood orange, mingling with hints of red berry fruit and strawberry on the clean, sharp finish. $13