Recently I came across a great article about the science of aging wine. It talks about the history of aging wine and about the general chemistry behind this practice. If you've ever wondered exactly why it is that some wine greatly improves over time (provided it's stored in the right conditions) then this article will break it down for you.
I for one have always enjoyed drinking properly aged wine and often encounter self-loathing when I think of how many bottles I could have saved and enjoyed if I'd had the patience to cellar them for a few years.
As we all know, wine is a living, breathing, and constantly changing elixir. It unfolds in stages and can become extremely complex when it's chemical makeup is just right. Acid, tannin, esters, and other various elements all contribute to this beautifully intricate and scientific evolution.
If you're interested in the nuts & bolts process of aging wine then check out this great article! Science of Aging Wine