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Snooth User: jeff vino

Zinfandel, how long to breath

Posted by jeff vino, Jun 5, 2010.

Hello all.  Tonight we are hosting the wine club where our theme will be Zinfandels.  Some highlights will be a 2008 Turley and the Robert Biale black chicken.  I am a strong believer in letting wines breath.  There does seem to be some controversy over how long to let em breath.  Do different varietals require more than others?  Does vintage come into play?

We will be tasting 6 wines, and my decanter collection is not that big.  We will also be brown bagging them.  So, my point is that they will be breathing in the bottle.


Thanks for your anticipated thoughts




Reply by Girl Drink Drunk, Jun 5, 2010.

IMO, breathing in the bottle is an oxymoron.  Such a teensy bit of surface area will actually be exposed to air that it's virtually pointless.

That said, you're drinking big boy zins.  When I drink that style of wine, I enjoy the over the top massiveness, and would choose not to decant.

Reply by zufrieden, Jun 5, 2010.

...or you could decant some of the wine and try the rest straight from the bottle.  Like GDD, many of us enjoy the power of these wines, but you could easily compare and decide what's best for you.  Even drinking about half a bottle, followed by a vacuum-pump of the remaining contents and imbibing about 24 hours later can give you a fair estimate of these differences. 

Reply by outthere, Jun 5, 2010.

08 Turley, what vineyard? I've only popped a Juvenile '08 so far.

I would use a decanter or at least pour a couple glasses and cover w/paper towel to let the wine air better and keep flying insects out. At least an hour just to blow off some of the heat. Turley's tend to be high ABV. Then pour back into the bottle and let rest until serving.

It will still be massive.

Reply by zufrieden, Jun 5, 2010.

...but muted to some tastes, no doubt!


Reply by outthere, Jun 5, 2010.

You animal you ;-)

Reply by jeff vino, Jun 5, 2010.

thanks all.  Its the atlas mead outhere.  Ive seen ratings of 94 to 96.  Ive not tasted it yet.  But just in case I love it, I bought an extra 6 bottles for the cellar (news at 11).  So, heres what I did.  I popped each bottle about 3 hours ago and only one hour to taste.  All 6 wines will be poured into glasses as soon as guests arrive.  We will then sip some proseco and on to the blind tastings.  I will report back.


Thanks for all the input.

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