I had a great wine that got better as it opened up, sadly I reviewed it before it really opened up to me to show its true character. Over the last glass of it, a day later, my wife and I discussed the topic of decanting and when and why you should/shouldn’t decant. She mentioned that a co-worker (also a winemaker) said she will only decant a bottle after tasting it. The reason being is that some wines may actually “fall apart” if decanted, for example a properly aged bottle of wine may not need to be decanted to “open” it up and could be damaged by the extra exposure to air.
Interestingly, in a quick twitter poll, I received a couple of answers from the wine bloggoshpere.
From:@Whoreplied: @norcalwingman— tweet (Their Blog URL — Give them a click!)
…I just asked earlier today, so I may post some more replies as they roll in…
When do you decant a wine? Please leave me comments, I’m trying to figure this one out!