What does it mean when tasting notes say:
Best after 2008
Best from 2003 through 2015
Drink now through 2020
I understand they are saying when the wine is best, but specifically what is it saying. Does "Best after 2008" mean that the wine gets better and better after 2008 or that it peaks in 2008? Does "best from 2003 through 2015" mean that it will peak in 2015 or that it will peak in 2003 but still be really good until 2015? Does "Drink now through 2020" mean the wine is drinkable now and will be best in 2020 or that it is best now but can be drunk through 2020?
I just need clarification on what those descriptors mean in terms of the phases a wine goes through as it matures. What moment do they indicate in the life of a wine in terms of the year a wine peaks, the years between which wine plateaus, and the year a wine's quality begins to decline?