As a wine ages, which of the following decreases?

A. The wine’s acidity

B. The wine’s length (finish)

C. The wine’s fruity aromas

D. The wine’s percentage of alcohol


As wines age, their obvious fruity aromas (lemon, strawberry, cherry, etc.) decline. These so-called primary aromas, which come from the grapes themselves, are eventually replaced by the (hopefully stunning) bouquet of a well-aged wine. That bouquet is often nearly impossible to describe, representing as it does, the complex integration and coalescing of molecules and compounds over time.

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