At our Spring Mountain winery, Sherwin Family Vineyards, we see decanting as an important step of the serving process. Contrary to popular belief, serving fine wine is a little more complicated than simply opening a bottle and pouring it. Decanting wine brings out the full flavor of the wine and allows any sediments to settle so that they are not part of the pour.
Why is Decanting Important?Decanting wine before serving is always a good idea. Even white wines benefit from the process, which typically produces a richer flavor. There are a couple of excellent reasons why we decant wines at Sherwin Family Vineyards, a Spring Mountain Winery:
- Oxygenation - Giving air molecules a chance to mix with the wine allows it to develop a bouquet and fuller body. If you have ever opened a bottle of wine and it seemed a little flat or less flavorful than expected, you have experienced one of the primary reasons for decanting.
- Sediment - Red wines are prone to sediment buildup as they age. This is the result of natural tannin bonding to the pigment, and becomes more pronounced in wines older than 5 years but may still be present in younger, heavier red wines. Because of the tinting in wine bottles, inspecting the bottle before opening may not reveal sediments in the bottle.