We recommend allowing your wine to rest in a cool environment after it arrives and waiting a few weeks before opening and serving.
Our wines develop greater complexity over time and are enhanced when stored and aged in a dark environment with a consistent temperature of 50–54°F/10–12°C and 60 percent humidity. Storing your wine on its side will prevent the cork from drying out and shrinking and the wine from leaking over time.
Cooling Your Wine
If your wine needs cooling, we recommend placing it in the refrigerator up to 30 minutes before serving rather than immersing it in ice, as icing may “shock” the wine and cause fruit flavors to become muted or disjointed. Chilling too quickly also may cause our young Chardonnays to become cloudy. This is simply a result of the unfined, unfiltered, and hands-on winemaking approach we use to produce enhanced flavor and ageability. It does not affect the wine’s flavors, and with age, our wines become more stable and are less likely to cloud when chilled.
Rest assured that the “tiny diamonds” you may notice on the underside of the cork and on the inside walls of the bottle are naturally forming tartrate crystals. They do not affect the wine’s flavor or aroma and are simply an indication that your wine was produced as naturally as possible.
Careful decanting leaves behind the wine’s natural sediment, releases aromas and flavors, and helps bring your wine to its proper temperature for serving. We recommend decanting our Cabernet Sauvignon regardless of age and our Chardonnay if it is less than ten years old. We don’t advise decanting older Chardonnay nor do we recommend decanting Pinot Noir or Sauvignon Blanc. Using a magnum-sized decanter for a 750 ml/25 fl oz bottle will accelerate aeration. A few decanters we recommend for your home are:
• Crystal Saint-Louis Twist 1586, with lid for magnum, 1830 ml/62 fl oz
• Riedel Cabernet Magnum, 1700 ml/57 fl oz
• Peugeot Capitaine Magnum, with lid, 1500 ml/51 fl oz
Serving wine at its optimal temperature allows you to better taste and smell its complex characteristics. We recommend serving our wines at these temperatures for the fullest experience:
• Sauvignon Blanc/Sémillon: 50 –54°F/10 –12°C
• Chardonnay: 55 –59°F/13 –15°C
• Pinot Noir: 59 – 61°F/15 –16°C
• Cabernet blends: 61– 64°F/16 –18°C
The shape and thickness of your wineglass can help highlight the wine’s flavors and aromas. In general, we recommend large Burgundy-style glasses for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and large Bordeaux-style glasses for Cabernet and Sauvignon Blanc. A few of our recommendations for matching glassware to wines are:
• Riedel Vinum Burgundy for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir
• Riedel Vinum Bordeaux for Sauvignon Blanc/Sémillon and Cabernet blends
• Lehmann “Jamesse” Grand Blanc for Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir
• Lehmann “Jamesse” Grand Rouge for Cabernet blends
• Riedel Sommeliers Burgundy Grand Cru for all wines