Should I age my wines?
The answer greatly depends on the type of wine. Most white wines should be consumed within two to three years of bottling. However, fine white wines from Burgundy (French Chardonnays) that have been aged in oak barrels can be enjoyed up to 10+ years of age.
Red wine, on the other hand (especially full-bodied red wines with plenty of tannins), can benefit from a longer cellar aging time within the bottle (10-15 years). When aging wine, oxygen is the enemy. A consistent temperature of 50-55F is optimal for producing the highest quality finished product.