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Old 09-14-2012, 06:13 PM   #1
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I've a big ol' red amarone I want to bottle soon. I've a ton of clear bottles, but only a few green bottles.

If I plan on storing this in a closet, does it really matter if I use clear bottles for a red I plan to age a couple of years?


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Old 09-14-2012, 06:48 PM   #2
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I can't see why it would make a difference beyond aesthetics if it was going to be stored in a dark place while aging. All the green bottles do is block a bit more light.


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I've bottled some amarone in clear bottles myself. I have a cellar, and it's a cool dark dungeon like place so light exposure isn't an issue. If you can protect it from heat and light, the color of the bottle doesn't matter.
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Thanks.

Next question - long term storage: vertical or horizontal with natural corks? I've read conflicting info.
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first few days to a week vertical, then on its side
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first few days to a week vertical, then on its side
Yep! Always, unless you're using caps or something like in beer bottles.

You let it sit upright for a couple of days for the cork to un-compress from being compressed in the corker to get pushed into the bottles, and then lie the bottles on the side for storage.


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