The best way to age wine is to buy it and then forget that it exists. We bought Zugibe Vineyard’s 4 Freds Red in July 2015, put it down in the basement so the summer heat wouldn’t effect it, and promptly forgot that it existed. Last week, we rediscovered it. We were tasting wine at the New York Wine and Culinary Center, and they had the 2013 4 Freds Red. The 2013 had a nose of berries and cedar, with a nice lingering, medium tannin, but was still a little young. The 2011 on the other hand is rich, velvetly, and shows the potential of ‘forgetting’ about wine.
See: Dark purple
Smell: Dark berries and cherry, cedar, hint of spice
Sip: The berries really come through on the palate, balanced acidity, medium tannin
Winery: Zugibe Vineyards
Region/Sub-Region: Finger Lakes/Seneca Lake
Wine: 4 Freds Red
Varietal: 30% Cabernet Franc, 30% Merlot, 30% Lemberger and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon