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January 8, 2024 | James Cole

Sleeping Beauties: Unlocking the Potential of James Cole Wines through Long-Term Aging

three bottles of wine.

Sleeping Beauties: Unlocking the Potential of James Cole Wines through Long-Term Aging

For our wine club members and seasoned collectors of James Cole, our wines are more than just a beverage. They're a silent promise – a treasure waiting to reveal their hidden depths with each passing year. Each bottle, crafted with meticulous care and sourced from our Estate and Napa's most coveted vineyards, possesses aging potential that far surpasses drinkability. They are quite literally sleeping beauties; wines meant to slumber through the years, evolving in to transcendent experiences far richer than their youthful forms.

Like any slumber, aging requires the right kind of dreamland. Whether storing in a high-tech wine fridge or a built-in cellar, a carefullly maintained environment of 55°F and 65% humidity is the perfect sanctuary for your liquid jewels, lovingly blanketed in a cradle of darkness until they're ready to be awoken from their rest. 

Chardonnay with a plate of food.

However, not all wines are created equal when it comes to aging gracefully. Some, like a swiftly written poem, are meant to be enjoyed in the flush of inspiration. Our dazzling Rosé, with its whispers of summer berries and vibrant acidity, begs to be uncorked under a cloudless sky. Similarly, our crisp Chardonnay, its palate a symphony of orchard fruits, hazelnuts and honey shines brightest in the moment.

A bottle of suede on a fur rug

But others, like a timeless masterpiece, possess the ingherent structure and complexity to weather the years, emerging transformed. At James Cole, bottlings such as Umbral, Mud's Kitchen and Suede are ideal for long-term aging, ready to evolve and delight you with their exquisite metmorphosis.

Mud's Kitchen bottle and glass being held at waist level by a person in a pink sweater.


This Napa titan is an enticing dance of sweet, decadent fruit. An enthralling mix of raspberry coulis and black currant jam weaves a playful core, brightened by bursts of pomegranate, cardamom, and delicate espresso/dark chocolate coffee beans. Plush tannins, graced with a dark mineral undertone, offer both structure and depth. Silky textures guide each sip, ensuring an experience of finesse and elegance that leaves a long, balanced finish and a lasting memory.


Exuding sophistication, this wine entices with notes of ripe strawberries, succulent black cherries, and tangy rhubarb velvet crumb cake. Subtle tones of vanilla and cinnamon weave a tapestry of gracefulness, while delicate hints of cocoa nibs add depth and allure. Each sip is a journey through layers of flavor, culminating in a velvety harmony that lingers long after, like a fond memory.

Suede bottle and glass sitting on a counter

SOLD OUT - 2019 vintage coming soon!

Appropriately named for its heightened texture, structure, and mouthfeel, our 2018 Suede was a masterclass in Napa seduction. Profoundly beautiful aromas of deep black raspberries, cassis, cocoa powder, and violets led to a full-bodied and juicy palate. Layers of spicy black licorice and blackberry jam characters swirled with the wine's signature silky velvety tannins, relished in a glass like luxurious suede textures. Sadly, this vintage is now a prized possession in collectors' cellars, but stay tuned for the highly anticipated arrival of the 2019 vintage.

Suede bottle and glass sitting on a counter

So, dear wine enthusiasts, as your collection sleeps, remember it's not simply bottles gathering dust. Within those silent vessles, time is weaving its magic, transforming fleeting flavors into whispered tales of terroir and vintage. Indulge in the patient pleasure of long-term aging – allow our James Cole wines to rest and witness the glorious awakening when the years have sculpted them into masterpieces.

A line up of James Cole Wine bottles

Each bottle, whether destined for a years-long slumber or a sun-drenched afternoon, speaks to the artistry and terroir that defines James Cole. So embrace the magic of both fleeting revelry and patient aging, and unlock the full potential of Napa Valley within your glass.

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