By Kori ~ January 27th, 2010.
Wine doesn’t really get better with age. Some wines just become more approachable to enjoy with age.
“I believe wine improves with age, because the older I get, the better I like it.” –Unknown
Actually, as a wine moves from youth to maturity, it simply undergoes changes just as you and I did growing up. Maturity doesn’t necessarily make us better people, but it sure does make us different people. The same thing goes for wine.
As a red wine matures, the harsh tannins of youth become softer and more palatable. On the other hand, the luscious fruit of youth declines, slowly being replaced with a more complex bouquet.
Somewhere along that journey, the wine may hit a “dead” zone where either the fruit has faded too fast or the bouquet has been slow in developing. A wine going through this puberty phase is often referred to as “closed.” If you happen to open a bottle when it is “closed,” you may not be impressed at all, but six months later, the same wine may taste better than ever.
Just as with children, some wines are earlier maturing than others. However, also as with children, simply knowing one wine is early maturing and another is late maturing does not tell you anything about the ultimate quality of either.
In the end, it really comes down to personal preference. If you like your wines to be bigger, bolder, and more luscious, then you probably prefer young wines. But if you like your wines to be softer, smoother, and more aromatic, you probably prefer wines with some age.
Do you generally prefer young wines or wines with some age?
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