Originally Posted by Wild Duk
So what does young or "green" wine taste like. I just opened my first Grand Cru Petite Sirah and didn't really like it. I Pitched the yeast on 11/15/08 and its been in the bottle for a little more than a month now.....I realize its young......I'm hoping it will get better....
Young wine has different flavors- some are just "unmelded"- that is, you can taste the oak, the grapes, the tannin, all separately. It's weird, but not terribly unpleasant. Sometimes it's harsh (tannin), especially in red wines. It doesn't have a distinctive taste, like young beer does. It can be very "blah", or very astringent.
If you just bottled a month ago, and the wine is only a couple of months old, it's way too young and it definitely will change dramatically in the next three or four months (up to two years).