plc90210 - 3:40 am on Apr 8, 2013 (gmt 0)
"If domain age is ever a direct factor (I also have doubts) that would not stop after any specific time period. As I see it, almost nothing in the algorithm works so mechanically these days."
Agreed. I was expecting to hear different estimates from webmasters.
"In the past year I've worked with newly created domains that ranked well almost immediately."
Can you give more information about the keyword(s) (search volume, CPC, etc) that the new site ranked well for?