Inside Wine: The Truth About Tannins

From the May 15, 2001, issue
Great wines must be balanced, an integration of concentrated flavors of ripe fruit with firm structure and backbone. In red wines, the backbone mostly comes from tannins, which are a natural component of the skins, seeds and stems of grapes. However, some winemakers are opting to give Mother Nature a boost with tannin additives.

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