"Wines have four stages as they age much like a vine , but in reverse. The first stage is ...

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- Wines have four stages as they age much like a vine, but in reverse.
The first stage is =93fruit,=94 where the wine is exuberant and full of
fruit flavor. Then comes =93flower,=94 where the wine becomes more elegant
and floral. Next is the =93plant=94 phase, when the wine starts to take on
the characteristic flavors of the vine itself, a more vegetal phase.
The final stage is the =93earth=94 stage or =93mineraux,=94 as he says. It
becomes the earth from which it came (just like us).

http://archives.midweek.com/content/columns/vino_sense_article/the_best_win= e_experiences_of_2008/

Re: "Wines have four stages as they age much like a vine, but in rev erse. The first stage is “fruit,” w here the wine is exuberant and full of fruit flavor. Then comes “flower,” wh ere the wine becomes more elegant and flo ral..."
On 02/11/2012 09:26, aesthete8 wrote:
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Luckily none of my wines behave that way.

Re: "Wines have four stages as they age much like a vine, but in reverse.
What about the fifth / sixth / seventh stages, when the aforementioned
individual stages are the catalyst for the gradual  metamorphosis into
something whole - alive and evolving - never reaching perceived perfection
until the general consensus is "we should have consumed this yesterday."



Re: "Wines have four stages as they age much like a vine, but in reverse.
On 02/11/2012 11:26, st.helier wrote:
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I think it is like this. Time scale may be minimum 5 years, maximum 250.

Stage 1 - flowery if white, fruity if red, winey in the best of cases
(cases!) if pink

Stage 2 - nothing happening if white, gone to sleep if red.

Stage 3 - ballsy if red, white starting to wake up, if not previously
deceased

Stage 4 - the craic is good, red is deep and delicious, white is now
back to flowery fruity like when first born but 10 times better than
then with some added new stuff that was not there before. Screaming good
either way.

Stage 5 - tired

Stage 6 - dead

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