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The Dumb Period

Why do some wines temporarily shut down?
Daniel Sogg
Issue: May 15, 2004


Wines that reward aging rarely undergo the transformation from youth to maturity with complete grace. Sometimes the transition can be downright ugly; for a time, like a caterpillar encased in a cocoon, the wine can seem shut-down, or closed. This phase of wine development is generally, if unscientifically, known as the "dumb period."

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