Each wine matures in different ways. Some show well in their youth and quickly fade while others are accessible when young but grow in complexity and depth. Still other wines will be hard, tannic and closed in their youth, but open up after some bottle age. The least fortunate type of wine is that which is overextracted and never has enough fruit to support the levels of tannin gained in aggressive maceration. Evaluating a wine involves assessing its maturity and future potential. This comes from weighing all of the various elements that go into a wine.
It is true that the reputation of a vintage will greatly affect the saleability of a wine, but a wine from a lesser vintage will drink well earlier in its evolution. This fact, combined with a generally lower price means that the value to the consumer who will drink the wine immediately is much greater.
If you master these techniques of tasting for style, quality and maturity, you will become an expert.
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