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What Happens To Wine As It Ages? Continued!

What Happens To Wine As It Ages? Continued!

blog , Laurita Winery , wine advice , Wine Science 🕔October 10, 2018 0 comments

We recently shared some information, via Wine Enthusiast, about which wines to age and how to go about storing them. And now we’re back to our original question…

What’s going on inside that bottle?

Nothing in wine is ever static. Acids and alcohols react to form new compounds. Other compounds can dissolve, only to combine again in another fashion. These processes happen constantly and at different rates. Every time you open a bottle, you catch the wine at another stage in its development, with new and different nuances.

But what precisely is changing? What stages is the wine actually going through? Quite a lot, it turns out.

Shades of change.

One of the most visible processes in an evolving wine is slow oxidation. Color is the most obvious indicator of this.

During the aging process, red wines will move through shades of purple and into brown. Whites become darker and deeper, and roses can turn the color of onion skin.

Tastes change.

And so do flavors, with time.

When wines are young, we taste their primary flavors…

When wines age, we start speaking about tertiary notes, or flavors that come from development.

Textures, too.

You might not think of wine as having texture, but it does. And that changes with age as well.

Dry, aged white wines can become almost viscous and oily, while reds tend to feel smoother. This is due to phenolic compounds like tannins falling out as sediment over time.

Once a wine has “thrown sediment”, the sediment needs to settle before the bottle should be opened. Stand it upright and leave it that way for twenty-four hours before you open it.

And if you’re not sure whether it’s too old…

Bring it to the correct drinking temperature, open it, pour, swirl and smell. If it smells good, taste a little. If you like it, it’s good to drink.

Sounds like good advice to us!

 

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