What is that stuff at the bottom of my bottle

Posted on Tue Nov 13th, 2018 at 9:55 pm

When you get to the bottom of your red wine and find a lot of chunky red sediment you may ask if this is normal or not? The answer is yes. In red wines especially you can get phenolic compounds that link together, become heavy and sink to the bottom of the bottle. This is typical of wines that come from grapes like syrah, cabernet, petite syrah etc... The skins are thicker and provide more tannins and color components. If the wine sits in a bottle for any extended period of time these settle out and create that glob at the bottom of your bottle. This is one of the reasons an older wine will have a rusty appearance in the rim of it when you tilt your glass at a 45 degree angle to look at its color. The color is dropping out.  This along with aeration is a good reason to decant your wine. Decant until the sediment starts coming out of the bottle. 


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