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How Wine Aromas Are “Revealed” Over Time

A wine tasting flight of colors from yellow to red sitting on top of an oak barrel.
Photo by Maksym Kaharlytskyi on Unsplash

If you’ve ever let a bottle of wine sit out for too long on your counter, you’ll know that wine aromas can change over time — and not always for the better. But oftentimes these changes make the wine more interesting to drink.

I like to think of these changes as the ones we can “see” and the ones we can’t see. If a wine ages in new oak barrels, it’s going to taste and smell oaky. We can see…




Common Road Wine breaks down complicated wine science topics for an audience of wine enthusiasts, amateurs, and professionals.

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Charlotte Adams

Charlotte Adams

Wine science master’s student at ISVV, Bordeaux. Editor of Common Road Wine. I like cool-climate wines & outdoor hockey rinks.

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