I am relatively new to wine and just started to collect about 5 years ago. I do have a few hundred bottles of mostly French (2000 Bordeaux, 2002, 2003, and 2005 red Burgundy, and 2001 and 2003 CdPs) and Italian wines (1999 and 2001 Brunellos, 2000 and 2001 Barolos, and 2001 Super Tuscans) with a mixed case or two of California cabs and a sprinkling of 2005 Shiraz and 2004 Oregon pinots.
I drank all of my small collection 1997 Brunellos and Barolos over the last couple of years which I thought were all great. After reading some tasting notes and random posts on other people's experiences, it got me thinking that perhaps I've committed infanticide. Tasting and smelling secondary flavors of a wine are appealing to me (in addition to the integration of tannins, acidity and fruit of course), but I'm not sure if I've maximized that experience when I drank these wines. I've followed the drinking windows that are generally provided by WS for a particular wine.
So, my question is this: Do you feel that the drinking windows provided by WS are generally spot on or from your personal experience, do you generally go earlier or later in the drinking window when opening a bottle? I generally have a 4-6 bottles of a particular wine. My inclination is to not waste one if one can avoid it. Any thoughts are appreciated. Thanks!