What exactly is wine structure all about? What does wine have to do with architecture?
While wine may not be a brick-and-mortar building whose 'structure' is visible, wine structure exists nonetheless!
Wines can exhibit a brave 'backbone' or feel 'spineless' when sipped.
It all depends on how well each element in wine, i.e. the tannins, residual sugars, alcohol, fruit, aroma, and separate particles bond together and support each other's function.
Does one overpower the other and void it? Are they held 'tightly' together as a sturdy platform to ride through life from bottle to glass?
Wine structure is especially vital for wines that have any hope of proper aging.
Is the wine built for a long journey of several years or decades?
Or can it hardly handle the jostling, temperature spikes, and inconstant conditions that come about from being bottled, shipped, stored, and consumed?
While wine structure might be an elusive term, what does 'shape' taste like, or what does 'definition' smell like?
After thoughtfuly tasting many glasses of wine, especially if you switch 'em up within the same tasting, you'll start to naturally deciper a wine's 'shape' 'structure' or 'backbone'...
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