What does it mean when a wine is listed as “drink now”?

Posted On December 28, 2017

Sandesh Pakhrin

Jwagal, Lalitpur

 

A window of “drink now” means that the taster doesn’t believe this wine will improve with any additional bottle age. Many (actually, most) wines are ready to drink upon release, and many wine drinkers prefer to enjoy these wines when they’re still young and have their youthful flavors and structure. However, “drink now” doesn’t mean “drink immediately or the wine will turn to vinegar.” Even the most approachable wines will usually deliver pleasure for several years past the vintage date.
If you know you prefer your wines with a little more bottle age on them, or if your experience with the producer or vineyard in question differs from ours, follow your own palate, always.