California Wine Directory


Knowing When A Wine Is Ready To Drink Tip #3 - The Palate

As a wine ages, all its components start to combine, or come together.




When an aging wine is already young, it seems to be unbalanced. Then, as the wine begins to ages, all its components, the sweetness, acidity, tannins, and alcohol start to come together in great harmony.

Finally, all the elements of the wine assemble as a whole, resulting in a balanced and harmonious wine on the palate, with flavor and structure.  The wine becomes more complexed and smooth on the palate.  If all has gone well the wine may begin to show complexity and depth with subtlties of favors and aromas.