looking through some of my old threads (trying to recover recipes that I lost due to a recent harddrive death)...
The Merlot I made that started this thread is excellent. SWMBO and I had the cheesey romantic idea that we would keep all of the bottles, opening one one every year on our anniversary.
We opened a few along the way so far to monitor how it was progressing, and we decided that, though it was good, it was not going to be something that became magnicifent over time, so we started going through it faster (opening one here and there, giving some to friends, etc).
We opened one for our anniversary in September (after not opening any for 6 or 7 months) and found that it had changed a lot. It was really REALLY good.
Now we're wishing we hadn't given so much away.