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Snooth User: whinewhinewhine

Sediment. Is this normal?

Posted by whinewhinewhine, Oct 17, 2010.

I have been drinking Finca Los Primos (Malbec) for a couple of years now and recentley the last few bottles we've bought have had sediment that turns up in our glass and is quite a turn off. Can I complain or is this just something that happens with wine?





Reply by dmcker, Oct 17, 2010.

I don't know that label, but a few questions:

  • What kind of sediment (shape, color, size)?
  • What vintage for the wine?l
  • Does the label say anything about fining or filtering?
  • Is this the exact same version from that winery you were drinking before?
  • Are you buying it from the same source, and what is the source?

Could be one of several issues, but before guessing it'd help to get answers to those questions. For the time being, stand any bottles you currently have in the house up for a couple days ahead of opening them, and don't pour the last portion of the bottle that contains the settled sediment. And if these are new vintages, don't buy any more from the current source until we've discussed this a bit further.

Yes, not only is the sediment's appearance yucky in the glass, but it also affects flavor, and is yucky both on the tongue and in the teeth... ;-(



Reply by Girl Drink Drunk, Oct 17, 2010.

You can also decant the wine, which will help trap the sediment against the glass walls.  Also, you can use a strainer in your decanter (but I think thatt's cheating).  ;)

Reply by GregT, Oct 17, 2010.

That's a big young wine with lots of extract and the sediment is natural and it will occur with many wines as they sit.

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