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Optimum Drinking

Many red wines from the best growing areas often do two things when they are aged long-term in the bottle: They improve in quality and appreciate in value. The ideal cellar temperature is 50-55 degrees, but the important factor is consistent temperature, without huge fluctuations.

This chart is only a guide, as the conditions under which you store your wine and your own palate should be the final determinants as to when your wines will be at optimum maturity.

Varietal Reference: M= Merlot, CF= Cabernet Franc, CS= Cabernet Sauvignon, SB= Sauvignon Blanc, SM= Semillon.

BlackMail Merlot
2013 100% M 2015-2025 Join the Flock
BlackMail Cabernet Franc
2013 100% CF 2015-2025 Join the Flock
BlackMail Cabernet Sauvignon
2013 100% CS 2015-2025 Join the Flock
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2013 60% M  30% CF  10% CS 2016-2029 Acquire
2012 64% M  34% CF  2% CS 2015-2028 Inquire
2011 75% M  15% CF  10% CS 2014-2027 Inquire
2010 48% M  30% CF  22% CS 2013-2026 Inquire
2009 81% M  16% CF  3% CS 2012-2025 Sold Out
2008 75% M  23% CF  2% CS 2011-2025 Sold out
2007 75% M  20% CF  5% CS 2009-2025 Sold out
2006 86% M  11% CF  3% CS 2008-2020 Sold out
Proprietary Red Wine
2005 96% M  4% CS 2008-2017 Sold out
2004 95% M  5% CS 2007-2016 Sold out
2003 95% M  5% CS 2006-2015 Sold out
Paramour
2013 52% CF  34% M  14% CS 2016-2029 Acquire
2012 53% CF  44% M  3% CS 2015-2028 Inquire
2011 71% CF  19% M  10% CS 2014-2027 Inquire
2010 41% CF  36% M  23% CS 2013-2026 Inquire
2009 61% CF  25% M  14% CS 2012-2025 Sold Out
2008 49% CF  43% M  8% CS 2011-2025 Sold out
2007 50% CF  45% M  8% CS 2009-2025 Sold out
2006 48% CF  44% M  5% CS 2008-2017 Sold out
2005 50% CF  50% M  8% CS 2008-2015 Sold out
Contrarian
2013 36% CF  32% CS  32% M 2016-2029 Acquire
2012 54% CF  23% CS  23% M 2015-2028 Inquire
2011 43% CF  29% CS  28% M 2014-2027 Inquire
2010 48% CS  32% CF  20% M 2013-2026 Inquire
2009 41% CF  25% CS  24% M 2012-2025 Inquire
2008 38% M  35% CF  27% CS 2011-2025 Inquire
2007 46% CF  34% CS  20% M 2009-2025 Sold out
2006 38% CS  34% CF  28% M 2008-2020 Sold out
Arise
2014 38% M  32% CS  30% CF 2016-2026 Acquire
2013 55% M  30% CF  15% CS 2015-2025 Inquire
2012 58% M  32% CF  10% CS 2014-2024 Inquire
2011 61% M  27% CF  12% CS 2013-2023 Inquire
2010 61% M  20% CS  19% CF 2012-2022 Inquire
2009 53% M  25% CF  22% CS 2011-2025 Inquire
2008 42% M  38% CS  20% CF 2011-2025 Sold out
2007 75% M  20% CF  5% CS 2009-2025 Sold out
2006 100% M 2008-2015 Sold out
Dissonance
2015 100% SB 2016-2020 Acquire
2014 90% SB  10% SM 2015-2020 Sold out
Arriviste Rosé
2015 34% M  34% CF  32% CS 2016-2018 Sold Out
2014 38% CF  34% CS  28% M 2015-2017 Sold out
2013 58% CS  22% M  20% CF 2014-2016 Sold out
2012 38% M  36% CS  26% CF 2013-2015 Sold out
2011 40% CS  33% M  27% CF 2012-2014 Sold out
2010 48% CS  39% M  13% CF 2011-2013 Sold out
2009 58% CS  30% M  12% CF 2010-2012 Sold out
2008 95% CS  5% M 2009-2012 Sold out
2007 80% M  20% CS 2008-2009 Sold out