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Age tone

taste of age, tiredness (GB)
note de maturité (F)
tono maturo, vecchio (I)

General term for the taste and smell of a wine in the context of a wine address. Depending on the causes and the partly quite similar, but nevertheless different sensory characteristics, a distinction is made between five different age tones, which are often confused with each other, especially by untrained persons. The fruitiness and colour of the wine are affected to varying degrees. Depending on the degree of expression, not all of them are considered to be wine faults:

For the ageing process of wines, see also ageing, bottle ageing and drinking maturity.

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