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Tasting Oak in Red Wines?

kingrex | Apr 3, 200810:58 PM

I have no difficulty detecting the presence or absence of oak-aging in white wines, but I'm struggling a bit with reds. In some cases (and I suspect it's new American oak), I can taste it on the roof of my mouth, but I'm unclear on the general effect of oak, in particular French oak, on the palate and on the overall taste of the wine.

Can anyone shed some light on this subject?


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