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Somm Corner - Decanting 101

Have you ever bought a wine in a tasting room but once you get home and uncork the bottle it just doesn't taste the same? One of the leading causes for this is not enough aeration. Hefty, age-worthy wines that may initially seem too young and tight often benefit from some time in a decanter. Although these types of wines ideally would be slowly exposed to oxygen by many decades of cellar aging, not everyone has the time or the patience to wait around to drink these impressive bottles (especially us!) Decanting a young wine is often necessary to allow the otherwise harsh tannins to soften and become less severe. The exposure to air tends to soften up this tannic structure, enhance a wine’s ar

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