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Do you have any suggestions for a wine that came out too “hot” with a higher than expected alcohol content?
Michael D’Onofrio — Olney, Maryland asks,
Last fall I made wine from Petite Sirah grapes that were extremely sweet. I used Premier Cuvée yeast, which happened to be high in alcohol tolerance. This yielded a finished wine at approximately 17 percent alcohol with very little aroma. I’m trying to decide what to do with this wine. It’s too hot and I’m not sure if I should try to sweeten it into a port-style wine or blend it down with something less alcoholic. Any suggestions?