Tom Troiano wrote:Tom,
I have to ask....
You are cleary one of the most knowledgeable wine guys here - certainly for US wines - so why the dreadful storage conditions?
You mention the horrible storage conditions in your garage almost as much as you say "of course, I've followed them from the very beginning". I don't get why a passionate wine geek would have dreadful storage conditions.
Is there a fabulous cellar somewhere that can't fit any more bottles?
Uhhhhh, Tom...I'm a LosAlamos guy...I just make stuff up!!
These old/tired (in most cases) wines come from a slip-up. I have a wine cellar in my garage that is air-conditioned & heated (in Winter, if need be).
Twenty yrs ago (or thereabouts), I hauled some 8-10 cs out into my garage with the intent of shelving them in my cellar. Somehow, some empty wine cases
got stacked in from of them off in the corner & I forgot about them, never got them shelved. When I was clearing out that stack of empty cases, I realized there
was this stack in back that I'd forgotten about. Sad..because some of them are/were real treasures. So I've been drinking my way thru this discovered stash.
These TN's have no relation to reality for these wines because of the poor storage. But when I come across a few that still have some interest/life in
them, I do a TN. But purely for academic interest on my part. Most have been going down the drain.
Now you know the rest of the story, Tom.