|Maturity Dates (Drink after/Drink by)|
You can use the "Get Maturity Dates" button on the Wine Tab entry form to have PWC automatically calculate optimal drinking dates for most wines (PWC calculates maturity dates based on the wine Distinction, the Vintage, the Sub-region/Region/Country, and the wine quality). These are the dates that indicate the "window" in which your wine will typically be drinking at its best.
At the prompt, you will be asked to indicate the quality of the wine you are looking up (from outstanding average). When you are done your date fields will automatically be filled in.
You may also fill in the date fields with your own dates.
Once the "Drink by" and a "Drink after" dates have been filled in, your wine’s maturity status will be automatically tracked for you in the Cellar List and Wine Summary. Maturity is designated by the following categories:
Early (same as "Too Young" in previous versions of PWC)
Late (same as "Too Old" in previous versions of PWC)
If you have not entered enough data you will see either "uncertain" or "no info" in the "Maturity" field on the Cellar List.
Note that if your wine is "Old" or "Late," a warning icon will appear in the farthest right column on your Cellar List!
Tips about determining aging potentials:All wine aging times are approximate. Longer times are applied to the best wines from the best producers in the best vintages.
The best wines for aging, in general, have higher acid and tannin levels, a higher fruit component (to hold up over the years) and great overall balance. Fortified wines age well, largely due to their higher alcohol levels.
Typical "agers" include great chateaux of Bordeaux, premiere and grand crus of Burgundy, Barolos and Barbarescos, Super Tuscans, many Rhone wines, California Cabernets, German Rieslings, Loire Valley Chenin Blancs and Vintage Port.
Inexpensive wines should generally be consumed in the first couple of years.