Age might be relative, but for wine vintage year is a relatively important indicator of what’s in the bottle. Every harvest is different, and that’s the beautiful glory of a life spent loving wine. Occurrences & conditions of a certain year, from the weather to the soil environment to the winemaker’s inspiration makes each vintage different from the one before. And we can’t get a year back (don’t we know it)… this makes me think that even if a year wasn’t critically stellar, it’s still pretty darn precious in terms of learning about the plot of time and space from which your wine was born & raised.
For more on the indication of vintage year:
Robert Parker’s Vintage Chart — Includes free download.
Does Vintage Always Matter? from Food & Wine
What You Need to Know about Vintage Variation from Wine Folly