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    Use the AGING POTENTIAL CHART to see a range of how many years your wine is likely to hold up in the cellar based on variety and appellation. Use the VINTAGE CHART to determine where in that range your wine falls (fewer years for a lesser vintage, more years for a better vintage).
AGING POTENTIAL CHART
France
Bordeaux
St-Estephe: 8-35
Pauillac: 8-40
St-Julien: 8-35
Margaux: 8-30
Pessac-Leognan/Graves (red): 8-30
Pessac-Leognan (white): 5-20
Barsac/Sauternes: 10-50
St-Emilion: 8-25
Pomerol: 5-30
Fronsac: 5-20
Lalande-de-Pomerol: 3-6
Bourg: 3-10
Blaye: 2-4
Loupiac: 5-15
Burgundy
Reds:
Cote de Nuits: 2-18+
Cote de Beaune: 2-15+
Beaujolais: 1-5+
Whites:
Chablis: 1-10+
Cote de Beaune: 4-10+
Maconnais: 1-8+
Alsace
Gewurtztraminer: 5-15 (Vendange Tardive: 8-25)
Muscat: 3-5
Pinot Blanc: 4-5
Riesling: 3-15 (Vendange Tardive: 5-25)
Tokay-Pinot Gris: 4-10 (Vendange Tardive: 5-20)
SGN: 15-30
Champagne
Vintage from top houses: 25-30
Languedoc-Rousillon
Within 5 years except:
VDNs, esp. Banyuls: 10-25
Loire
Chenin Blanc: 4-30
Provence
Roses: 1-3
Whites: 1-3 (Ch. Simone: 5-10)
Reds: 5-12 (longer for Bandol)
Rhone
Ch. Grillet: 5-15
Chateuaneuf-du-Pape (red): 5-25
CDP (white): 1-2
Condrieu: 2-5
Cornas: 5-15
Cote Rotie: 5-25
Cotes du Rhone (and Villages): 4-8
Crozes Hermitage: 3-10
Gigondas: 5-15
Hermitage (red): 5-30
Hermitage (white): 3-25
Muscat de Beaumes de Venise: 1-3
St-Joseph: 3-6
Tavel: 1-2
Southwest France
Within 5 years except:
Cahors: 4-12
Jurancon: 3-8
Madiran: 6-15
Monbazillac: 3-8
Pecharmant: 3-10
Italy
Piedmont
Barolo: 8-30
Barbaresco: 8-25
Barbera: 5-10
Carema: 6-12
Dolcetto: 3-5
Gattinara/Spanna/Nebbiolo: 8-20
Arneis: 2-3
Gavi: 2-4
Moscato: 1-1.5
Tuscany
Brunello di Montalcino: 8-25
Carmignano: 5-8
Chianti Classico: 3-15
Rosso di Montalcino: 5-8
Tuscan Whites: 1-2
Vino Nobile di Montepulciano: 5-10
VDTs & IGTs: 5-20
Other Italy
Amarone: 10-15
Aglianico: 4-12
Sangiovese: 2-8
Spain
Albarino: 1-2
Navarra: 5-7
Penedes: 6-15
Proiorato: 6-25
Ribera del Duero: 6-30
Rioja: 6-25
Sparkling: 1-4
Sherry (Fino & Manzanilla): 3 mos.
Sherry (Amantillado,Oloroso, Palo Cortado, Cream): 3-5
Germany
Qba: 2-4
Kabinett: 3-6
Spatlese: 3-12
Auslese: 3-18
Beerenauslese: 10-40+
Trockenbeerenauslese: 10-40+
United States
California
Cab Franc: 5-15
Cab Sauv: 4-20
Chardonnay: 1-6
Chenin Blanc: 1-2
Colombard: 1-2
Gamay: 2-4
Merlot: 3-12
Muscat: 1-3
Petite Sirah: 5-15
Pinot Blanc: 1-3
Pinot Noir: 2-8
Riesling (dry): 1-2
Riesling (sweet):2-8
Sauv Blanc: 1-3
Semillon: 1-4
Sparkling: 2-7
Syrah: 5-20
Zinfandel: 2-8
Oregon
Chardonnay: 2-5
Riesling (dry/off-dry): 2-4
Pinot Gris: 1-3
Pinot Noir: 3-10
Sparkling: 1-4

Washington
Reds: 4-12
Australia
Cabernet Sauvignon: 5-20
Pinot Noir: 4-6
Shiraz: 5-30
Chardonnay: 1-2
Gewurtztraminer: 1-2
Marsanne: 4-12
Muscat(dry): 1-3 (fortified: 5-50)
Riesling (dry): 1-4 (sweet: 4-10)
Sauvignon Blanc: 1-3
Semillon (dry): 2-8 (sweet: 4-12)
Portugal
Vintage Port: hold for 20+
Douro/Dao: 2-8
Madeira: you can’t kill it
Compiled by The Wine Curators
VINTAGE CHART
= Exl (Excellent) = Outs (Outstanding) VG= Very good Avg= Average <Avg= Below Average NDV= Non-declared vintage
1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007
Abruzzo Reds
Avg Avg Exl Avg Avg VG VG VG < Avg VG VG VG VG VG Good Good VG VG VG VG
Aglianico del Vulture
VG < Avg Exl < Avg Avg VG VG Avg VG VG Exl Exl Exl Exl Exl Good VG Exl Exl Exl
Alsace
Good Exl VG Poor < Avg Avg Avg Good VG Exl Good Avg Avg Exl Good Good VG Good Good Exl
Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
Good Good Good Good VG VG Exl VG VG VG VG VG VG Exl Good Good Good VG Good Exl
Barbaresco
Exl Exl Outs < Avg < Avg Good < Avg Good Outs VG VG Exl VG Exl < Avg Avg VG VG VG VG
Barolo
Exl Exl Outs < Avg < Avg Good < Avg Good Outs VG Exl Exl VG Exl < Avg Avg VG VG VG VG
Barossa Valley Shiraz
Good Avg Exl Exl Avg Good VG Good VG Good Exl Good Good VG Exl VG VG Exl VG Good
Barsac
Outs VG Outs < Avg < Avg < Avg Avg Good Good VG Good VG < Avg Exl VG VG Good Exl Good Exl
Beaujolais
VG Good VG Avg < Avg Good Avg VG VG VG Good Good Avg Good VG VG VG VG Good Good
Bolgheri
VG Avg Exl Good Avg Good Avg VG VG Exl VG VG Good Exl Avg VG Exl VG VG Exl
Bordeaux-Style Red wines from Washington
Good VG Good Avg Good Good VG Good Avg Good VG Exl Good VG Exl VG Good Exl VG VG
Brunello di Montalcino
Exl Avg Exl Good Avg VG Good Exl Good Outs VG Exl Good Exl < Avg VG Exl VG VG Exl
Burgenland Dessert wines
VG Good Avg Avg VG Avg VG Good Avg VG Exl Avg VG Good Avg VG VG Good Good
Burgenland Reds
Good VG Good VG VG VG Good Avg VG Good VG VG VG Good VG Good Avg VG Good
California Reds
< Avg Avg VG Exl VG VG Exl Exl VG Exl Good Exl VG Exl Exl Exl Exl VG VG VG
California Whites
Good < Avg VG VG VG VG VG VG VG Exl Good VG VG VG VG VG VG Good Good VG
Campania Reds
VG < Avg Exl Avg < Avg VG VG Exl VG Exl VG Exl VG VG Good Good VG Exl Exl Exl
Campania Whites
Avg Exl Avg < Avg Good VG VG Good VG VG VG Exl Exl VG VG VG VG Exl Exl
Carneros Chardonnay
VG < Avg Good VG Good Good VG Good VG VG Avg Good Good VG Exl Good Good Good Good VG
Carneros Pinot Noir
VG Avg Good VG Good Good VG Good VG VG Avg Good Good VG Exl Good Good Good Good Exl
Casablanca Whites
Good VG Good VG VG VG < Avg VG Good VG Avg Avg VG VG Good Exl
Catalonia Reds
Avg Avg Good < Avg < Avg Good VG VG Good Good Good VG Good VG Avg Avg VG VG Good Avg
Central Coast Chardonnay
Avg VG VG Good Good VG VG Good Exl Avg Good Good VG Exl Good Good VG Good VG
Central Coast Pinot Noir
Avg Good Good Good Avg VG Good Good VG Avg Good Good VG Exl Good Good Good Good Exl
Central Coast Syrah
Avg Avg Avg VG Good Good Avg Avg Good VG
Central Otago Pinot Noir
VG VG Good VG VG Good Good VG VG Exl
Chablis
VG VG VG < Avg VG Avg Good VG VG Good Good Good Good Good Exl Good VG VG VG Good
Champagne
Good VG Outs NDV NDV Good NDV Good VG Avg Good Good Avg Good VG Avg Exl VG Good VG
Chianti
Exl < Avg Exl Good Avg VG VG Exl VG Exl VG Exl VG Exl Avg VG VG VG Good Exl
Clare Valley Riesling
Avg VG Good Avg Good Avg VG Good VG VG Good Good Good Exl Good Good VG VG Good
Colchagua Reds
Good Good Avg Avg Good VG Good VG VG Avg VG Good VG Avg VG VG Exl Good Exl
Collio Whites
Avg VG Avg Avg VG VG Avg Avg Good Avg VG VG Good Avg Good VG VG Exl VG
Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon
Good Avg Exl Exl Avg Good Good < Avg VG Good Exl Good VG Good VG Good VG Exl Good Good
Côte de Beaune Reds
Good Good VG Avg < Avg Good Avg VG VG VG Good Good Avg Avg VG Good VG Exl Good Good
Côte de Beaune Whites
VG VG VG < Avg VG Avg Good VG VG Good VG Good Good VG VG Avg VG Exl VG Good
Côte de Nuits Reds
< Avg Good VG Avg < Avg Good Avg VG VG Good Good Good Avg Good VG Good VG Exl Good Good
Finger Lakes Reds
VG Good VG Avg Avg Good VG Avg VG Good Avg Avg Good Avg Good
Finger Lakes Whites
VG VG VG Good VG Good VG Good VG Good Good Good VG VG Avg
Franciacorta
Avg Outs Exl Avg Exl Exl Exl Good VG Avg VG Good VG Exl Good VG Good VG VG
Franken Whites
VG Exl Avg Avg Good VG Good VG Good Good VG Avg Exl VG Good Good VG VG Exl
Galicia Whites
Good Avg Avg Avg Good VG Good Avg Good VG Good VG Avg Avg VG Exl Good Good
Hawke's Bay Reds
Exl VG Avg Avg VG Good VG VG VG VG
Hunter Valley Chardonnay
Avg Good Avg Exl Avg Avg Good Good Good Avg VG Good VG Good Good VG Good VG Good Good
Hunter Valley Semillon
Avg Good Avg Exl Avg Avg Good Good Good Avg VG Good VG Good Good VG Good VG Good Good
Languedoc-Roussillon
VG VG VG < Avg < Avg Avg Avg VG Avg Avg Exl Good VG VG Avg VG Good Good VG VG
Loire Valley Dry Whites
VG VG VG Good Good VG Avg VG VG Avg Avg Good Avg Good VG Good VG Exl Avg VG
Loire Valley Reds
Good VG VG Avg Good Avg Good VG VG Good Good VG VG Good Good VG Avg VG Avg Good
Loire Valley Sweet Wines
VG VG VG Avg Good Good < Avg VG VG VG Good Good Avg Good Good VG Avg Good Avg Exl
Long Island Reds
VG VG < Avg Good VG VG Avg Good VG Avg Good VG Avg Avg Avg Good Avg Good
Long Island Whites
VG VG Avg Good VG VG Good VG VG Good Good VG Good Good VG VG VG VG
Mâconnais
VG VG VG < Avg VG Avg Good VG VG VG Good Good Good VG VG Good Good VG VG VG
Maipo Reds
Good Good Avg Avg Good VG Good VG VG Avg VG Good VG Avg VG VG Exl Good Exl
Marche
Avg Exl Avg < Avg Good Avg Exl Avg VG VG Good Good Exl VG VG VG VG VG VG
Maremma
< Avg Exl VG < Avg Good Avg VG VG Exl VG VG Good Exl < Avg VG VG VG VG VG
Margaux
Good Exl Exl Avg Avg Avg Good VG VG Good Good VG Exl VG VG VG VG Outs Good Good
Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc
VG Avg < Avg VG < Avg VG Good VG VG Good VG VG VG Good VG VG VG
Martinborough Pinot Noir
VG VG Good Good VG Good Good VG VG Good
McLaren Vale Shiraz
Good Avg Exl Exl Avg Good VG Good VG Good Exl Good Good VG Exl VG VG Exl VG Good
Médoc
Avg Exl Outs < Avg < Avg Avg Good VG VG Avg Good Good Outs Good Avg VG VG Exl Good Good
Mendoza Reds
Avg VG VG Good Good VG VG Exl Exl Good Avg VG Good Good Exl VG Good VG VG Good
Mosel-Saar-Ruwer Whites
VG VG Exl Avg Good VG VG VG VG Good Good VG Avg Exl VG VG VG Exl Exl Exl
Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Avg Avg VG Exl VG VG Exl Exl VG Exl Avg VG Avg Outs Good Exl VG Exl VG Exl
Napa Valley Chardonnay
VG < Avg VG VG VG Good VG VG VG Exl Good Good Good VG VG Good Avg Good Good VG
Napa Valley Zinfandel
Avg Avg VG VG Good Good VG VG Good Good Avg VG Avg VG Avg Good Good Good Good Exl
Niederösterreich Whites
Good VG Good Good VG Avg Good Good Good Good VG Avg Good Good Good Good Good VG Good
North Coast Syrah
Avg Good Avg VG Good Good Good Avg Good VG
Northern Rhône Reds
VG Exl Exl Exl < Avg Poor Good VG Good VG VG Exl VG VG Avg Exl Good VG VG Good
Northern Rhône Whites
VG VG VG VG Good Poor Good VG Good VG VG VG Good VG Avg Avg VG VG VG Good
Paso Robles Zinfandel
Avg Good Good Good Avg Good Good Avg Avg Avg Good Avg Good Avg Good Avg Avg VG VG
Pauillac
Exl Outs Outs Avg Avg Avg Good Exl Outs Good VG VG Outs VG VG Exl VG Exl Good Good
Pessac-Léognan/Graves Reds
Good Exl VG < Avg < Avg Good Good VG VG Avg Exl Good Outs Good Avg Good Good Exl Good Good
Pessac-Léognan/Graves Whites
Good Avg VG Poor Good Good Outs Good Good Avg Exl VG VG Good Good Avg VG Exl Good VG
Piedmont Reds
VG Exl Outs < Avg < Avg Good < Avg Good Outs VG Exl VG Exl Exl < Avg Avg VG VG VG VG
Pomerol
Good Exl Exl Poor Avg Avg VG VG Good Good Exl Good Exl Good Avg Avg VG Exl Good Good
Port
NDV NDV NDV VG Exl NDV Outs NDV NDV Exl NDV NDV Exl NDV NDV Exl VG VG Good Exl
Portugal Table Reds
Good Good VG VG Good Exl VG Good VG VG Good VG Avg Avg VG Good VG Good Exl
Provence
VG VG < Avg < Avg Avg Avg VG Avg Avg Exl Good VG VG Avg VG Good Good VG Exl
Puglia Reds
VG Good Exl Exl VG VG Exl Good VG Avg VG VG Exl VG Avg Good Avg VG VG VG
Rhine Valley Whites
Good VG Exl Avg Good Good VG Good Exl Good Good VG Good Exl Exl Exl Good Exl Good Exl
Ribera del Duero Reds
Good Exl VG Exl < Avg < Avg VG Exl Outs Good Good Good Good VG Avg Avg VG VG Good Good
Right Bank of Bordeaux Reds
Good VG Outs Poor < Avg Avg Good VG Good Avg VG Good Exl Good Good Good VG Exl Good Good
Rioja Reds
Avg VG VG Good Avg Avg Exl Exl Good Avg Good VG Good Exl Avg Avg VG VG Avg Good
Russian River Valley Chardonnay
Avg Avg VG VG VG Good VG Exl VG Exl Good VG VG VG Exl VG Good VG Good VG
Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
Good Avg VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG Avg VG Good VG Good VG VG Good Good Exl
Saint-Emilion
Good Good Outs Poor < Avg Avg Good Good Good Avg Exl Good Exl Good Good VG VG Outs Good Good
Saint-Estèphe
Exl Outs Outs Avg Avg Avg Good Exl Outs Good VG VG Outs VG VG Exl VG Exl Good Good
Saint-Julien
Exl Outs Outs Avg Avg Avg Good Exl Outs Good VG VG Outs VG VG Exl VG Exl Good Good
Santa Barbara Chardonnay
Avg VG VG VG Avg Exl VG VG Exl Good VG Good VG Exl VG VG Good VG VG
Santa Barbara Pinot Noir
Avg VG VG VG Good VG VG Good Exl Avg VG Good VG Exl Good Exl Good VG Exl
Sardinia Reds
< Avg Avg VG Avg Avg VG VG Good VG VG VG VG VG VG Good VG VG VG VG
Sauternes
Outs VG Outs < Avg < Avg < Avg Avg Good Good VG Good VG < Avg Exl VG VG Good Exl Good Exl
Sicily Reds
< Avg Good VG Avg VG Exl VG Good Good Good Avg Avg Avg Good VG VG Exl VG VG
Sicily Whites
< Avg Avg VG Avg Good Exl Exl VG Avg Good Avg Avg Avg Avg VG Good Exl VG VG
Sierra Foothills Zinfandel
Avg Avg Avg Avg Avg Avg Avg Avg Avg Avg Avg Avg Avg Avg Avg Good Avg Avg Good VG
Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon
Avg Avg Good VG Good Good VG VG VG VG Avg VG Avg VG Avg Good Good VG Good VG
Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
Good Good Good VG Avg VG Good Good Good Good Good VG Good Exl
Sonoma Zinfandel
Avg Avg VG VG VG VG VG VG VG Good Avg VG Avg VG Good Exl Good Good Good VG
South Africa
Avg Good Good Avg Avg VG < Avg Good VG VG Avg Good Good VG Good VG VG VG
Southern Rhône Reds
VG Exl Exl < Avg Avg Good Good VG Avg Avg Exl Good VG VG Avg Good Good Exl VG Exl
Southern Rhône Whites
VG VG VG < Avg Good Good Avg VG Avg Good VG VG Good Good Avg Good Good Good VG Exl
Tokaji Sweet Wines
Good Avg Exl Exl Avg VG VG Avg Good VG Exl
Trentino-Alto Adige Whites
Avg VG Avg Avg VG VG Avg Avg Good Avg VG Exl Avg Avg Avg VG VG Exl VG
Tuscany
VG < Avg Exl Good Avg VG Good VG Good Exl VG Exl VG Exl Avg VG VG VG VG Exl
Umbria Reds
Exl Avg Exl Good < Avg VG Good Exl Avg Exl Exl VG VG VG Avg VG VG VG VG VG
Umpqua Valley Reds
Good Good Avg Good Good Good Avg Avg Avg Good VG Good Good Good Avg VG Good VG Good
Valpolicella
Exl Avg Outs Avg < Avg VG Avg Exl Good Outs Good Good VG Good Avg VG VG VG VG VG
Veneto Whites
Exl < Avg Exl Avg < Avg Good VG VG Avg Exl VG Good Exl Avg Avg Good VG Good VG VG
Victoria Pinot Noir
VG VG VG VG Good VG VG VG Good Avg VG Good VG
Vinho Verde
Good Good VG Good VG VG Good VG VG Good VG Good Good Avg Good Avg VG Good Good
Washington Syrah
VG Good Avg Good Good Good Good Good Good Good VG Good VG Exl VG VG Exl VG Good
Washington Whites
VG Good Good Good VG Good Good Good Good VG Good Good Good VG VG Good VG VG Good
Western Australia Cabernet Sauvignon
VG VG VG VG Good Good Good VG Good Exl VG Good Exl
Western Australia Chardonnay
VG VG VG VG Good Good Good VG Good Exl VG Good Exl
Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
Good Good VG Good Good VG VG Avg Good Avg VG Exl VG Good Good Good Exl Good VG Avg
Willamette Valley Whites
Good VG Good Good VG VG Avg Good Avg VG VG VG Good Good Avg VG VG VG Good

GREAT OLDER VINTAGES

FRANCE Bordeaux: 1982, 1978, 1966, 1961, 1959, 1955, 1953, 1949, 1947, 1945, 1937, 1934; Champagne: 1982; Rhône Reds: Southern 1983, 1981, 1978; Northern 1983, 1978; Burgundy: 1978, 1976, 1972, 1969,1959, 1952, 1949, 1947, 1945
ITALY Tuscany: 1982, 1978, 1971 • Piedmont: 1982, 1978, 1971; Veneto: 1983, 1979, 1976, 1974, 1971, 1970
SPAIN Rioja: 1982, 1981, 1978 • Catalonia: 1983, 1982, 1981 Ribera del Duero: 1983, 1982, 1980, 1979
UNITED STATES California Cabernet: 1987, 1984, 1978; Oregon Pinot Noir: 1983, 1980; Washington Reds: 1987,
1983, 1979, 1978
GERMANY 1983, 1976, 1975, 1971, 1964, 1959
AUSTRALIA Barossa: 1982; Coonawarra: 1982, 1980; Hunter Valley: 1983
PORTUGAL Port: 1983,1977,1970, 1966, 1963, 1955, 1948, 1945