Title from another thread. I have no idea if this is a real statistic or not. If you're going down to Walmart to buy a jug of Gallo, maybe. I don't think there are many on this forum who purchase wines to consume immediately. More likely the average grocery store wine buyer. But that got me to thinking...
What is the average length of time you store your purchases?
Obviously for some Bordeaux, Italian, dessert & other trophy wines, it is going to be longer. But I think I tend to store even my mid-level wines at least 5-7 years before opening. I still have a few quality WA wines from '02 & '05, that I've been saving, along with a lot of German Rieslings from around the 90's & turn of this century. And I don't even buy many cellar defenders anymore.
My close friends aren't as patient as I. For instance, I recently shared a 2000 Barolo that was given to me as a gift. The friend who gave it to me had long ago finished off the case, (probably by 2005), and we were all stunned how beautifully it had aged. One of the best wines I have had in a long time.