Originally Posted by bunggo
I'm happy with 14%, but why not try for 18%?
Because it will taste like rocket fuel and take 2-3 years to be drinkable?
That's really the only reason to keep the ABV lower. Even at 14%, it's going to taste really "hot" for a year or more.
Most of my wines are 12.5-13% ABV so that they can age a long time if I want to age them, but they are also drinkable in less than a year if I want to drink them before then.