How to properly evaluate a vintage wine ...
First of all, know that if you own bottles of wine at home, whether it is collectible wine or younger wine, the right method of preservation is absolutely in a horizontal position so that the bottle cap can always remain humid over time.
In a vertical position instead, the cap will dry out with the risk of going to the formation of cracks inside it that would allow oxygen to enter the bottle.
That said, the two main and most important characteristics for evaluating a collectible wine are the level of wine in the bottle and its color.
EVALUATING A VINTAGE WINE: THE LEVEL
The level of the wine inside the bottle is of extreme importance to evaluate the quality of purchase or sale as it is an indication of a correct or a bad evolution over time.
An optimal level is undoubtedly at least internal to the bottleneck and the closer it is to the level marked by any wine, "normal", almost new to purchase, more obviously it is a sign of proper aging and therefore of general quality.
EVALUATING A VINTAGE WINE: THE COLOR OF THE BODY
The color of the wine and its clarity are the second, absolute, qualitative factor to determine the value of a vintage or collectible wine.
Provide a suitable light source like a candle, used once, or a small torch.
Now, by positioning the light source behind the bottle, first observe the conditions of the cap not only in terms of dryness
The cap can be a deceptive factor for the assessment of the level because with the passing of the years it tends to fall with respect to its natural position, we must therefore evaluate its position and above all test the capsule that encloses it externally with a slight pressure to make sure it is not sunken.
Now, viewing with the torch the entire length of the bottle carefully evaluate the clarity of the body of the wine.
When a wine has not had a good evolution and is therefore not aged properly it tends to peel and become cloudy.
If the color of the body instead maintains a good transparency and a color tending to ruby red (at this moment I am considering an INSERT STILL A BOTTLE OF INTEREST).
These just described are a few simple rules and very basic notion that can be applied by anyone, even in the absence of in-depth experience, you find a bottle of vintage wine in hand and want to evaluate its state of preservation.
The tasting of a collectible wine, where feasible as we remember that it is almost never possible to ensure you can drink it, instead follows other small attentions in order to avoid breaking it, but this is how they say another story that and that you can read in the next article of the blog.