Not long ago I was asked about what happens to tannins in red wines as they age. The best ad-lib analogy I could come up with at the time was this: They're like the Rolling Stones—just when you think they'll soften up, mellow out and fade quietly into the background, they're back on tour, on stage, commanding attention and prancing on your palate.
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