Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Leftovers--Good and Bad

Occasionally at our house (not very often) wine gets left over and sits on the shelf for several days. And even though I use the VacuVin to pump out as much air as possible, the wine is bound to deteriorate. Some believe this is the test of a wine's staying power--the less ageworthy the wine, the faster it will start to show the effects of oxidation after being opened. I don't accept this theory completely, but to the extent that it's true, I'd say that the Agricole Vallone Salice Salentino has good aging potential.

Last night, five nights after it was opened, the Martin Ray Angeline Pinot Noir from Sonoma County (see below) was close enough to being vinegar that the remains were poured mercifully down the sink. By contrast, the Salice Salentino, opened seven nights ago, was a pleasant surprise. While clearly showing some oxidation, the aromas and flavors still had a strong fruit presence. In fact, the oxidation softened the fruit and added some intriguing nuances that kept me coming back for more. While this wine is drinking beautifully right now, I think that it will continue to grow for several more years. If you don't find Agricole Vallone's 2000 Salice Salentino on closeout for $4.79, as I did, it is well worth the regular price of $12.99.

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