All wines have their life curve. When the winemaker makes the wine, he thinks about its useful life: each wine profile has a predestined life.
Whites: Young whites who leave before Christmas are short-lived wines. Their evolutions are fast and do not go beyond summer. The whites of the year that go out to the market at the beginning of January without apt for the consumption during one or two years, following its elaboration.
The rosés: the traditional rosé wines can be consumed during a year after bottling. The degeneration of a pink wine is very evident, because the color tends to orange. Modern rosés extend their useful life up to two years or more.
The reds: their range of evolution is very broad. What the wine preserves is acidity and tannins, therefore more acid wines will have a longer shelf life and more tannic wines will ripen more slowly. But these are general criteria must know each denomination of origin to know how they behave in the bottle.
- Young reds or harvesters: shelf life a couple of years.
- Reds with three months in barrels or semi-cider: they can be consumed for three or four years.
- Crianza reds have matures of five years.
- Red reserves: maturations of 8 years.
- Big reservation reds: mature after 10 years.
These periods, counted from the vintage of the label, depend on the quality of the initial grapes and the processing.