I stared my first one-gallon batch of mint wine in early, early spring, as soon as it began to grow new leaves. Today I bottled it!
It's as clear as a bell and beautifully finished! I tasted it too, of course. It's drinkable now (for those of us who are used to drinking wine when it is not quite done yet).
I am drinking dandelion wine made in early spring 2010 now, so the mint can age a bit longer in the bottle.
I won't be making mint wine again this year. I need all the mint I can cut now for winter tea. It's great for soothing an asthmatic cough!
I am, however, making all the chocolate mint wine I can! I have one gallon making now and I have tasted it. It's delicious! I will also dry some for tea. Next year I should have enough chocolate mint to make 6 gallons of wine and enough tea to last through the winter. It's growing like the blob from outer space!