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Dear Dr. Vinny,

How does rosé age compared to other types of wine? Does it lose its fruit flavors? If so what flavors replace them?

—Rick J., Mesquite, Texas

Dear Rick,

Rosés are typically recommended to be enjoyed within a year or two from their vintage date. Their appeal lies in their fresh fruit flavors—a component that would start to fade with aging.

For the most part, as rosés age, the fruit flavors fade … and that’s it. Wines with the stuffing to age tend to have concentration, and a good balance of tannins and acidity. Since rosés are deliberately made in a style with minimal concentration, tannins and acidity, they don’t have much to evolve, and will just fade and taste like innocuous wine, eventually taking on oxidized notes.

There are of course exceptions. Many of the best rosés can shine a few years on. Wine Spectator senior editor James Laube wrote about a surprise bottle of aged rosé that caught his attention. He noted that the color turned from pink to a more coppery note, but there was enough acidity to keep the flavors fresh and lively.

—Dr. Vinny

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