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crcarey

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Hey all - I made some Chilean Carmenere in 2017. Was great when I bottled it (degassed and bottled with all in one wine pump) and have been drinking it and it has been pretty good. I had bottle about 4 months ago and tasted the same as it did the day I bottled it. Tonight I opened a bottle and it was fizzy and had a ruff taste to it. Tired 2 more bottles and the same thing. Anyone run into this in the past? Thoughts?
 

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Try decanting to see if the fizz goes away. Might be CO2....
 

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Could have been a little residual sugar that fermented, unlikely mlf or just trapped CO2.

Open a bottle. Empty 1/2 the bottle into an empty bottle. Put your thumb over the top and shake. Do that a few times on both bottles and you will rid your wine of CO2.
 

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It's not home wine making until you have to MacGyver a solution to that kind of a problem. Decant, or do as NorCal suggests.

Taste a little when you open each bottle, before shaking/decanting. If the "fizz" evolves into a sparkle, beware of bottle bombs.
 

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If it was dry at bottling, the fizz is likely coming from MLF activity. In the future, make sure MLF is done before bottling and/or make sure you use enough SO2 to keep bacteria at bay in the bottle.
 

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