Inside Wine: Tannins
These naturally occurring compounds are fundamental to red-wine production
Issue: November 15, 2007
Tannins constitute a basic building block of red wines, contributing much to texture, balance and aging potential despite that they have no smell or flavor. The tannin profile of a wine depends on a number of factors, including the grape variety, growing season and winemaker's decisions.
For the full article, check out the new issue of Wine Spectator, on newsstands October 18, 2007.