I ordered 13 bottles of 3 types of Beau Vigne wine. My wife and I love their wine and they got sold recently so we are buying the last of the old stock and planned on putting much of it away for 7 to 10 years. Unfortunately just as they shipped it the temps got hotter in Arizona. Day time temps of mid 80s. That would not have been a problem if it was delivered the day it should have been as the cold packs would have kept it good enough. Unfortunately I was not informed of the arrival date and so we were out of the house for 40 minutes and of course that's when it came and couldn't be delivered. So it should have been delivered the next day, a Saturday, and showed as on the truck. I waited all day only to have the driver stop in front of my house then drive on. I chased him down and somehow it wasn't on the truck. So I finally got it Monday about 3. I opened on to see what the wine temperature was and it was 79 degrees. So likely it's been going from high 60's to 80 degrees now for at least 65 to 70 hours. I am dismayed. I haven't tasted it yet, waiting for the wife to get home from work. I am here asking for advice on what I can expect? Assuming it's not complete junk what tastes should I be looking for to indicate it might actually still last more than a few weeks? Any thoughts or advice would be super welcome. The winery will take it back. Then ship out new bottles when it becomes as winter as it get's here.
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If the corks aren't protruding and the bottle you opened doesn't taste like stewed fruit, they're most likely fine.
Not sure why the score is relevant, but I agree with steve, you need to investigate if you want to keep the wines. If the winery will take it back and you're concerned, send it back though to give yourself peace of mind.
Thanks. I thought the score relevant because I have read that higher end wines are also able to withstand heat better. Thanks for the feedback. The wine definitely isn't awful and but it's been so long since I tasted another bottle of this (older vintage) I am not sure I'm objective. I'm not tasting the character I expected. Is that heat or age (it's only 2017 vintage so still very young)? I think I'll see if I can get a bottle of any of the three of them from the winery to compare. I know for a lot of people $100 bottle of wine is normal but for me this is the only wine I've ever spent that much on.
thanks again for the responses.
Higher end or higher scoring wines aren’t better able to withstand heat damage.