Merlot / Cabernet Sauv blend - can it be enjoyed young?

Merlot / Cabernet Sauv blend - can it be enjoyed young?

Post by fdl1.. » Tue, 28 Sep 2004 13:56:29



I'm in the process of making a 50/50 merlot / cab sauv blend. From
what I have read both should be aged, especially the cab. I'm looking
for some opinions on what would be the minimum I should wait before
drinking. I was hoping to be able to start drining the wine in January
, but am wondering if 3 months will be long enough? Will it taste very
tannic and harsh after only 3 months? What can I expect?

Thanks.

D

 
 
 

Merlot / Cabernet Sauv blend - can it be enjoyed young?

Post by Ed Mark » Tue, 28 Sep 2004 22:18:44


3 months is way too short for Cab or merlot, even if you are using a
kit/concentrate.  Try at least one year at a minimum.  If you want, have a
bottle every few months as you wait, to see how the taste develops.

Ed


Quote:
> I'm in the process of making a 50/50 merlot / cab sauv blend. From
> what I have read both should be aged, especially the cab. I'm looking
> for some opinions on what would be the minimum I should wait before
> drinking. I was hoping to be able to start drining the wine in January
> , but am wondering if 3 months will be long enough? Will it taste very
> tannic and harsh after only 3 months? What can I expect?

> Thanks.

> D


 
 
 

Merlot / Cabernet Sauv blend - can it be enjoyed young?

Post by fdl1.. » Tue, 28 Sep 2004 23:56:18


Quote:

> I'm in the process of making a 50/50 merlot / cab sauv blend. From
> what I have read both should be aged, especially the cab. I'm looking
> for some opinions on what would be the minimum I should wait before
> drinking. I was hoping to be able to start drining the wine in January
> , but am wondering if 3 months will be long enough? Will it taste very
> tannic and harsh after only 3 months? What can I expect?

> Thanks.

> D

I forgot to add, that I crushed the grapes myself and let it fermetn
on the skins for 7 days before pressing.