Describing a wine- 10 most used terms

February 1, 2017

Describing a wine- 10 most used terms


Complex - A complex wine simply means that when you taste it, the flavor changes from the moment you taste it to the moment you swallow.


Dense-  Dense is favored for use in bold red wines such as cabernet sauvignon, Côtes du Rhône and Brunello di Montalcino but usually isn’t a positive characteristic in other wines because it implies that wine is “out of character”.


Elegant- Elegant usually means that the wine is NOT big, NOT fruity, NOT opulent and NOT bold. Elegant wines may not taste good when they first release but they  tend to age better.


Oaked-  Oak is a non-grape influence to the flavors in wine. In white wine it adds butter, vanilla and sometimes coconut. In red wine it adds flavors often referred to as baking spices, vanilla and sometimes dill.


Flamboyant- A flamboyant wine is rich in fruity flavors



Hint of- Hint of = This-Wine-Definitely-Has-This-Character-Especially-on-the-Finish. Expect things like oak, herbs, fruits, soil in the flavor when there is a hint of it in the description.


Full: Wine with heavy weight or body, due to its alcohol content. It can also refer to a wine that is full in flavor and extract


Body: The sense of alcohol in the wine and the sense of feeling in the mouth. A wine is usually described as light, medium or full body


Acidic: A wine with a noticeable sense of acidity. It's detected by the mouth watering sensation. 


Rough: A wine with coarse texture, usually a young tannic wine

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