Enoteca Staff strives to recommend wine & beer products that fit your needs, but as with any food product, taste is personal and an exchange cannot be made on the basis of taste. Wine & beer are also agricultural products, and as with any such product, variation from bottle to bottle or vintage to vintage cannot be the basis of an exchange.
How do I know if my bottle of wine suffers from cork taint?
The only returnable and exchangeable bottles are those which are bad by way of cork taint. Here are some guidelines for determining if this is the case with your bottle. All decisions for returns and exchanges are the sole discretion of Enoteca Staff.
The chief cause of cork taint is the presence of 2,4,6-trichloroanisole (TCA) in the wine. Corked wine containing TCA has a characteristic odor, variously described as resembling a moldy newspaper, wet dog, or damp basement. In almost all cases of corked wine the wine’s native aromas are reduced significantly, and a very tainted wine is completely undrinkable (though harmless).
Typical Wine Faults
|Fault Description||How to Detect|
|Cork taint||Dull or moldy odor|
|Oxidation||Advanced coloring, dull aroma, sherry-like|
|Volatile acidity||Vinegar, glue, nail polish remover|
|Sulfur dioxide||Burnt match odor|
|Hydrogen sulfide||Rotten egg odor|
|Mercaptan||Cauliflower, garlic, onion or rubber odor|
|Acrolein||Acrid, butter taste|
|Metal/Protein haze||Hazy appearance|
|Clorophenol||Antiseptic, medicinal, disinfectant, paint, phenolic, plastic odor|
|Cardboard odor||Cardboard odor|
|Unripe grapes||Excessive vegetal aroma and taste, astringent|
|Rotten grapes||Advanced coloring, musty odor|