winelover2 (winelover2) wrote,

Cork taint

Cork taint is a term which means a wine fault characterized by a set of undesirable smells or tastes found in a bottle of wine, usually it is a spoilage that can only be detected after bottling, aging and opening.

Though modern studies have shown that other factors can also be responsible for taint – including wooden barrels, storage conditions and the transport of corks and wine – the cork stopper is normally considered to be responsible, and a wine found to be tainted on opening is said to be "corked". Cork taint can affect wines irrespective of price and quality level.
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