Decoding Wine Words Part 2

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOur first decoding was so popular, we thought we would add a part 2! Today we focus on words used to describe how a wine smells and tastes.

Aeration: Intentionally exposing oxygen to the wine in order to round or soften it.

Aroma: The scent of the grape, the smell of the wine. Often used to refer to single smells in the wine, mostly in young wines.

Astringent: A term used often to refer to the harshness in the taste of a wine, usually related to the bitterness and amount of tannins.

Balance: When all the components of the wine – acidity, alcohol, tannins, fruit – are mixed together to achieve a harmonious, well rounded wine.

Body: A term used to describe the sensation of the weight and fullness of the wine in ones mouth.

Bouquet: Used to refer to complex aromas in aged/ageing wines. Also used to describe the wine as a whole.

Closed: A term used to describe a wine that is underdeveloped, or too young to drink. Often the aromas and flavors are hard to determine.

Complex: A wine that shows numerous and a wide range of aromas and flavors.

Cork Taint/Corked: A term used to describe a flaw in the wine that often refers to unpleasant aromas of wet cardboard or musty basement.

Finish: The length of time that flavors and features of the wine are left in the mouth after a wine is swallowed.

Fruity/Jammy: A tasting term used to describe a wine that has apparent aromas and flavors of fresh fruit or jam.

Herbaceous: A wine that shows aromas of herbs (basil, oregano, rosemary).

Hot: A term used to describe a wine with high alcohol.

Nose: How a wine smells.

6 Responses to Decoding Wine Words Part 2

  1. I love wine, but I’m still a novice as far as the “technical” stuff. I usually just know what I like. lol Thank you for de-coding for me!

  2. Jessica says:

    Glad it helped Marcie!

  3. Jules says:

    I have an aerator that I use for my wine. I think it really helps! I hadn’t heard the term “closed” before. Filing that away in the mental rolodex.

    Jules of Canines & Couture

  4. Annie says:

    Ahhh thanks for the tutorial :) I always wish I know more about wine when I drink it!

    The Other Side of Gray

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