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February 2008
Wine Defect Primer: Problems, Treatment and Prevention
When is a wine fault a defect and when is it an asset? The answer lies with the winemaker, but here's how to get a handle on the most common wine defects.
by Alison Crowe
p.c1 {text-align: justify} Context is Key: Fault or Complexity? Wine is a chimerical chemical soup with a host of different compounds in different concentrations. While water, alcohol and organic acids make up the vast majority of a wine's volume, other compounds can make their barely there presence felt in a negative way. Odiforous compounds like VA (volatile acidity) and acetaldehyde and visual defects like protein hazes, though present in tiny concentrations, can cause big proble...
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