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Re: Wine from a neighbour

I inherited wine even older than that.

The corks tend to crumble even though all looks good at the start. That's why people tell you to be very tlc about it.
And do not turn and toss it (I don't expect you to shake it or do I mention that too? ), old wines tend to have sediment on the bottom of the bottle, so poure very carefully.
Decanting it is an idea. One I never bothered with though.

And now you're gonna tell me, it's long gone.
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Well you are rather late to the party...we already drank it all.
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I inherited wine even older than that.

The corks tend to crumble even though all looks good at the start. That's why people tell you to be very tlc about it.
Wine suitable for long-term cellaring should be recorked after approximately 30 years, or sooner depending on the ullage.
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I find this app useful to judge whether a bottle of wine at Denner really is a "bargain" or not: https://www.vivino.com/app

Just take a pic of the label with the app, and it gives you an average rating (and also an average price!). If the label is damaged in some way, you can search by typing in the name of the wine instead ...
It's quite useful for relatively recent stuff. Much less reliable for older wines as the prices are usually way off. I have some good red Bordeaux from the 90s and Barolos from the early 2000s. The prices shown are the last time they were bought which was ages ago, and the tasting notes are useless as they are all >10 years ago. But the app could be handy for choosing in the supermarket.

Switzerland is actually quite a good place to buy wine at reasonable prices. Not always but bargains can be had.

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Wine suitable for long-term cellaring should be recorked after approximately 30 years, or sooner depending on the ullage.
It depends.

To the OP I'd say drink the wine now, or soon. Denner had the 2009 Faustino I recently at half price so I picked up a couple. It was very drinkable, typical soft oaky Rioja but wasn't going to improve. Can't remember my Rioja vintages but 1999 is unlikely to improve further and may already be past it -- though if the neighbour is a wine enthusiast there's a good chance it will be still going strong in which case, enjoy. Gran Reserva is the top designation i.e. it's kept in barrel longer before bottling and stored before being released for sale. But it's no guarantee of quality. Only one way to find out!

As others have said, decant it first. Stand it upright for a day or so to let any sediment settle, then uncork it carefully to avoid disturbing any gunk in the bottom. Pour it all slowly into a decanter or other clean bottle (a funnel is handy) or wide-necked jug.
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Well you are rather late to the party...we already drank it all.
that's what I figured. But I do know, that weed between paving tiles grows like mad. Specially when it is regularly rained on like this summer.
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