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Dear Dr. Vinny,
Can one pick up tannins in white wine? I always refer to tannins in red wines, but recently I heard someone describe tannins in a Meursault Charmes 2000. It just sounded strange!
It's unusual to notice tannins in white wines, but it's not impossible. Tannins come from grape skins and seeds and barrels, so tannins exist in all wines. But the question is whether or not they can be perceived. Because red wines are fermented with skins (and white wines without), tannin levels are much higher in red wines than in white, which explains why you sense tannins in red wines more often than in whites.
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