quote:Originally posted by indybob:
Bummer pdn, thanks for the info. What were the circumstances? Temperature in your area at the time, what was the shipping method/courier, and so forth? Any pattern that you found, other than it was cold? I found this interesting discussion on taste of these wines: Clicky.
I'd think that while the wines wouldn't be ruined in the short term, the long term ageworthiness would of course be severely impeded (assuming a top up and proper recork), due to the sudden precipitates.
The wine came from the east coast. While it does get cold out here, it doesn't get cold enough to freeze wine in a delivery truck. It didn't get cold enough to freeze wine sitting on my deck. I'm assuming the freeze was as it was transported by ground across the Midwest.
Old wines sometimes get re-corked, so it may be that just pushing the cork back in all the way is enough to allow the wine to be stored and aged almost as normal. I'll leave that experiment to someone else.