Said of wines that are tender and light rather than high in tannins and robust.
Clarification of a wine using filters or other processes.
Said of a high quality wine with great balance and complexity.
Quality of a wine that is delicate and elegant and well balanced, offering a velvety, soft structure and subtle aromas.
The perception of some aspects of wine (flavor and aromas) after it has left the palate. A long finish is an indication of the wine’s aromatic power.
Said of a wine that lacks both a bouquet and acidity.
Former synonym for bouquet that is no longer used to describe wines.
Said of a wine that is full on the palate, with a chewy consistency.
A white grape variety that produces a very lively wine (Gros-Plant and Armagnac).
Synonym for odor.
Said of a wine that is straightforward and well constructed.
FREE RUN JUICE
During red wine production, the wine that runs freely from the vat by the force of gravity alone.
Said of a wine that is slightly acidic, but not excessively so, and produces a fresh sensation that is sought-after for its thirst-quenching properties.
Appearance of the grape berries as the blossom transforms into fruit.
Said of a wine that has fruity aromas. All young wines are fruity, but some varieties are fruitier (such as Syrah) and some more floral (Viognier).
Said of a wine that has all of the qualities desired in a good wine and provides a sensation of fullness on the palate.
Name used for Sauvignon Blanc in the Loire Valley and specifically in Pouilly-sur-Loire, hence the Pouilly-Fumé appellation. This should not be confused with the Pouilly-sur-Loire and Pouilly-Fuissé appellations in Burgundy).