The other day, I opened an eight-year-old bottle of white wine that was very pale eight years ago and is now bright, sunshiny yellow. In this article, we’ll look at why aged wines change color. I hope you enjoy it.
Does Bright Yellow Mean the Wine Is Bad?
No. Not at all. According to Dr. Vinny of Wine Spectator, “As wine ages for a very long time, red and white wines tend to end up almost the same color.” An amber color. I’ve never aged my whites long enough to get to that point. I’ve had some reds get close.
Have some color-changed wines gone bad? Yes. This definitely happens. Especially if too much oxygen hits the wine after bottling. When a wine is seriously oxidized, it won’t be good. But is it the color that makes the wine bad or something else? Wine has so many dimensions. The color is just one of the elements that factors into the goodness of a wine.