January 7, 2015 § 1 Comment
At our recent staff holiday party I decided to open up a bunch of our library wines. It was very interesting to me to find which wines were aging gracefully and still had life left, and which wines are on their way out and seemed a little dull.
I often get the question “how long will a wine age?” The two main components for aging a wine are tannin and acidity. But just like in our lives, I feel like one of the main factors for a long healthy life is balance. The overall favorite wine of all the ones we opened happened to be the very first Pinot Noir that I ever made. It was completely unfiltered, un-fined and a beautiful example of what balance is. Although Pinot Noirs do not have much tannin to give, their acidity is typically what helps them to age gracefully.
Young wines are typically more flashy, full of fruit, and screaming for attention right out of the glass; whereas, these beautifully aged wines need to be appreciated in a deeper and more intricate way. Their aromatics tend to be more earth and spice related, as opposed to the fresh fruit of a younger wine. But what I truly admire about these mature wines is the gracefulness on the palate. Because wine is a living thing, it changes with every passing year in the bottle. The effect this time has on the palate is to soften the tannins, mellow the acidity, and harmonize the mouth feel into a silky, seamless balance that can only be attained with age.
I will always maintain a library of the wines we make. As their father, I believe it is a critical step in appreciating everything they have to give.