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The most common flaws of wine II


There are many factors that can determine that a wine is in poor condition, has a bad taste or followed a bad process of elaboration. After seeing some of the most common flaws of wine, we show you some more for you to have them in mind.

Sulphur dioxide. It is used in some processes of wine making and this can lead to strong flavours and rotten smell. This may not be solved or can disappear if you aerate the wine. In any case, if you experience any unpleasant odours in wine, you should contact the store or restaurant where you acquired or ordered it.

Rotten smell. The vinegar smell is not normal in a wine, in the same way as when there is a smell of rotting fruit. It happens, as in other cases, that wine oxidises and has fermented in the bottle. Catch it early can prevent us from a great setback.

Lack of nitrogen. Other defects are derived from the lack of nitrogen. One way to safeguard against this defect is to provide nitrogen and ascorbic acid plus some sulphur touches.

Brown coloured wines. Red wine should have a bright colour or a little bit darker, but not brown. If so, the wine has a defect caused by oxidation and too much exposure to natural and artificial light.

Degraded wine. It seems that wine has turned dull, like worn and colourless. It may be due to evolution or oxidation, and it loses its initial and original qualities, possibly affecting its taste.

Flaws according to its origins. Some defects come from the origins: therefore, it is important to know them, and try to avoid their appearance. The origins of the defect may be wine making errors, due to the grape or those related to pollution matters.

In any case, today we recommend you again some wines that will delight you. And you won’t find in them any of the flaws listed above. Cheers!


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Miraval Côtes de Provence Blanc 2012:  a white wine with this DO: Provence of the vintage 2012.



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Aurore Macon-Villages 2013:  a white wine with Burgundy DO which blend contains 2013 grapes. 



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Domaines Ott produces this Domaine Ott Coeur de Grain Rosé 2014, a rosé wine from the Bandol DO of 2014.



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The most common flaws of wine


Although currently the processes that mark the wine elaboration have changed a lot, we can still notice some flaws in a wine we consume. Either by oxidation, strong smell or some strange taste, is not always easy to identify the most common faults in wine. Let’s know what they are.

Taste of vinegar. Surely you’ve noticed sometimes a little sour taste in wine. It is also often said that “wine became sour”, and this may be due to poor maturation process, among other issues. keep in mind that when you note this odour or taste, if you’re in a restaurant, let them know about it to check how many bottles are in this state.

Lees. You might see a lot of sediment in a particular wine and think that it’s defective. But the truth is that many times is normal, something used to keep some of the qualities of wine. It is true that lees will give some bitter taste and darker or different colour. We must learn to appreciate it.

Carbon dioxide. It is when the wines have a gas smell. This is possible when an unwanted pre-fermentation process starts inside the bottle.

Cork. Sometimes it may seem that wine has some smell of cork. This is not real because cork does not smell, and it’s due to a mouldy smell when cork contains some kinds of bacteria. It is difficult to remove this odour and it can affect the entire wine. There may be one in 15 bottles of wine with mouldy smell, so the problem is more common than you may think.

Excess of oxidation. It is another flaw of wine. With oxygenation, we know that wine has been excessively in contact with air. This makes colour and taste to be somewhat different. It is a major problem because you can’t do anything to fix it.

In any case, today we recommend you some wines that will delight you. And you won’t find in them any of the flaws listed above. Cheers!


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Clos Lojen 2013: a red wine from Manchuela DO of Bodegas Ponce cellar produced with bobal from the 2013 vintage. 



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Propiedad 2010: a wine red with the Rioja DO based on the top of tempranillo and mazuelo from 2010 vintage and 14.5º of alcohol strength.



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Borsao Selección 2013: a red wine from Campo De Borja DO of Bodegas Borsao cellar produced with garnacha tinta and syrah from the 2013 vintage and presents an alcohol content of 14.5º.