Does wine dry out?

Posted by Jay Lee and edited by Peter Koff MW on 22nd Oct 2018

When salespeople at a wine shop recommend a bottle of wine, they always say; ‘This wine is fruity.’ So, you may already be immune to hearing about a wine’s fruitiness. However, sometimes they recommend a wine saying; “This wine is perfectly aged. It’s perfectly ready to drink.” Then, you pay more attention.

When you say ‘a wine is aged’, there are two stages.

One is that the wine is properly aged. If you drink this wine, it gives all of its potential pleasure. The wine is still fruity and also offers a different range of tertiary characteristics and bouquet. These can embrace the spectrum from leather, autumn leaves, earthy, buttery, flinty, to many more..

The other is that the wine is over-aged, too old. When it’s over-aged, one of the most important characteristics is that it loses fruitiness. Wine comes from grapes, which are fruit, and if the wine begins to lose fruitiness, then it dries out.

If a wine dries out, the fruit loss exposes the structure and renders the wine less balanced and pleasant. Sometimes the wine smells and tastes smoky, oily or has notes of vanilla. This character comes from wood aging and it stays in the wine. Drinking an alcoholic, low fruit, somewhat bland wine doesn’t sound that pleasant, does it?

The problem is that wine is sealed in a bottle. Basically there is no way to check if it’s well aged or not, short of opening it.

This is why you don’t want or need to age wine for an extended time

You don’t want to drink wine that is on the decline do you?

Want to taste a vivid, fresh, fruity, properly aged, balanced wine?

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Selected by Peter Koff MW


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