Originally Posted by alee
I opened a strawberry wine tonight that was make in '07. It had a few particles in it (it was perfectly clear a few weeks ago) and a slight off taste.
When we inspected the remaining 5 bottles, we found stringy (almost worm like) treads suspended near the bottom. Is this just a matter of good wine gone old? It was stabilized 2 wks prior to bottling with sulfite and sorbate.
With proper amounts of sulfite, it should last for years. A couple of things that might have happened: the corks dried out and let infection in; the bottles weren't well sanitized at bottling; the wine may have been low ABV and not able to last; or storage problems (mold on the corks, and the corks cracked in the heat).
My wines made in 06 and 07 are just now becoming really good. The 06 dandelion is wonderful, and the 07 reds (chokecherry mostly) aren't quite ready yet. The 06 blackberry is still a bit hot, but mellowing. I bottled these wines to age out a bit, and plan on drinking many of them in the last 2-3 years.