"Wines have four stages as they age much like a vine , but in reverse. The first stage is “fruit,” where the wine is exuberant and full of fruit flavor. Then comes “fl ower,” where the wine becomes more elegant and floral..."

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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).
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Reply to
aesthete8
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."
Reply to
st.helier
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
Reply to
Mike Tommasi

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