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What does it mean when a wine is referred to as "backward"?
A backward wine is one that's youthful despite aging. Think of it as unevolved and closed—it hasn't released its charm or personality. This means that it will take longer to reach maturity and requires more aging in the bottle or barrel. The opposite is a forward wine, one mature for its age.
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