Preferred Age of Wine?

As a general rule, is there a certain age of wine that is typically a sweet spot? I'm starting to get more experience and I'm finding that I prefer a less expensive, older wine over a younger, more expensive wine, even when the younger wine is purportedly "ready to drink." I haven't delved into any wines that are considered "past their prime" yet, as far as I know. But I have really been enjoying wines that are about ten years old. I bought a range of wines yesterday of ages 8 to 12 years old, and I will be trying them out all week. But as a rule of thumb, since a lot of the less pricey wines don't have much info online, is there an age range in which wine is likely ready to drink but not past it's prime?
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