Achieving balance is the Holy Grail of winemaking and the purpose for maturation and bottle aging. When all the elements of a wine—acidity, sweetness, alcohol, tannin—blend together in mutual harmony, the wine is said to have balance, one of the ultimate compliments in winetasting. If no one component of a wine overpowers another as you roll the wine around your taste buds—it's not too sweet, too tart, or too fruity— then the wine is well balanced. Mind you, everyone's taste is different; what seems balanced to the sommelier may be woefully lopsided to you. See also harmonious and mature.