Why Age Wines? The answer is simple: Great wines develop over time, trading youthful vivacity and fresh, primary fruit flavors for aromatic depth and a layered, subtle complexity. Plus, some top wines, such as Barolos or classified-growth Bordeaux, can be so aggressively tannic when they're young that they require aging.
Storing Wine Ideally, wine should be kept in a cool, dark place that has a constant temperature of around 55, such as a basement. The most reliable way to control the temperature of wine is to rent commercial wine-storage space or buy a wine refrigerator for your home; companies including Sub-Zero and EuroCave offer such models.
Best Wines to Cellar Some experts believe that only one percent of all wines have the capacity to improve for more than a decade. In order to age successfully at all, a wine must have a fine balance among fruit, acidity and tannins. The following 15 are great cellar choices.