Smoke Taint

Smoke taint in wine was first identified in 2003. In California wine country, horrendous wildfires in 2008 and this year (in Carmel Valley and Lake County where wildfires still rage near vineyards) show just how severe the taint can be. Wildfire smoke contains a wide range of volatile phenols. These compounds can be absorbed by vines and accumulate in grape skins.

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