Using an Aerator

Hi Smileys,

I hope you had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. This month I am excited to share with you my tasting notes on the wine: Chloe, before and after using an aerator.

Wine: Chloe Red No. 249

Vintage: 2015

Region: North Coast California

Notes (without an aerator):

  • Sight: Beautiful legs, Deep Burgundy
  • Smell: Spice, Dark Berry, Raisin, Alcohol
  • Taste: Heavy Spice, Subtle Cobbler- maybe blackberry, Gradual Tannins and a building of coffee notes after several sips.
  • Pairing: Baked Chicken Parmesan, Artichokes and Cauliflower. The wine paired with the mozzarella very nicely drawing out the flavor of the cheese.
  • Overall: Truly enjoyed the wine. Paired nicely with my dinner and this wine could easily be enjoyed before bed.

Notes after using an Aerator:

  • Sight: Beautiful legs, Deep Burgundy
  • Smell: Floral
  • Taste: Sweet cobbler upfront, followed by spice. However, the spice wasn’t as strong after aeration. Heavy ending of Dark Chocolate; such as 90% Cocoa.
  • Pairing: Paired with the same dish but after aeration the wine seemed to be too rich for the dish. This wine would pair better with red meat. Full Bodied.
  • Overall: Still enjoyed the wine but not with my meal. Also, after aeration, the wine seemed to have a heavier alcohol content (versus smelling the alcohol, I felt the alcohol).

Winemaker’s Tasting Notes:

  • Bouquet: Dark Fruit Flavors
  • Taste: Rich Espresso and Spice. Soft integrated Tannins. Full Bodied.

After aerating the wine, the alcohol note was eliminated, the spice notes were more leveled out and the finish of the wine was more luxurious.

Have you used an aerator? Did it change the profile of your wine? Aerators mix air with the wine, allowing it to breathe more quickly than just letting it sit. Swirling your glass of wine also adds air to the wine and will open the profile of the wine before the taste.

I hope that you liked this article on wine aeration and learned a little bit about how letting the wine breathe enhances your experience of the taste.

Salud, XOXO, Smiling Danny

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