Whites Outlast Reds – Beware the Closeout!

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Lesson learned – research the age-worthiness of wines before buying them on closeout. This has less to do with saving money, as the wines are typically super cheap, and more with avoiding a traumatic wine experience.
One of our distributors recently offered us some closeout wines: 2005 Costieres de Nimes, 2003 Cotes du Rhone, 2005 white Burgundy (Chateau Philippine-le-Harding), and a 2006 Methven Pinot Gris from Willamette. The first, being mostly Syrah, I thought had the potential to be ageworthy, while the second was a gamble. The former was too backyard-y ( Bret, perhaps?), and the latter was vinegar. Disappointing, but no huge loss.
Surprisingly, the older whites stole the show. The years passed allowed both the Chardonnay and Pinot Gris to develop into fuller-bodied wines, with enhanced tropical fruit and nut flavors. I drank both on their own, but they would have made excellent food pairings too. This was a great reminder that well-made whites can be cellar-worthy, whereas reds may need to be consumed faster than you may realize!

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