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What Happens To Wine As It Ages?

What Happens To Wine As It Ages?

blog , Laurita Winery , wine advice , Wine Science 🕔October 9, 2018 0 comments

Some people (or so we hear) don’t pop open their newly purchased bottles of wine and drink it… they put it away, sometimes for years, before they indulge!

We’re kidding. Everyone has heard of aging wine (and who doesn’t kind of like the idea of their own private wine cellar?), but not everyone understands exactly what aging means – beyond the obvious “the wine stays in the bottle and does not get poured” part.

What’s going on inside that bottle?

We’ve got answers, via Wine Enthusiast, about exactly what is happening in there, and why it’s worth waiting for.

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.

Which wines can be aged?

Often when you think of aging wine you think of expensive vintages, but most quality wines do fine.

Wines that have real concentration of flavor, with a good balance of alcohol, acidity and texture, should age well.

Exceptions would be Moscato, with a focus on aromatics, or Manzanilla Sherry, which should be opened while fresh.

What about storage?

Obviously you can’t just leave a bottle of wine rolling around in the bottom of the fridge for a year and call it aged. Successful aging requires appropriate conditions.

Bottles destined for aging need dark and cool storage around 53–57°F. The temperature should remain constant to allow for slow, even maturation… Darkness is also important, as ultraviolet rays in light can spoil wine.


So, we can age most of the wine we enjoy, we just need a dark, cool spot… All right. Time to start digging that cellar. And stay tuned for more about aging wine and why!

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