Wine Words 1

Struggle with some of wine’s more ‘floral’ language? Look out for JFT’s tasting note translators in our regular ‘Wine Word’ entries.

Kickstarting with some old favourites..




Fleshy | ˈfleʃi |

Wine with a vivacious, lively quality that dances in your mouth with substance to back it up.

Like: a delicious fruit crumble

In use: “A soft, fleshy, up-front styled Pauillac that will provide delicious drinking over the next 10-15 years, the 2006 Haut-Bages Liberal is dark ruby/purple in color and exhibits notes of licorice, roasted herbs, black currants, and plums. It is a sexy, round, silky-textured wine that seems something of an “outlier” in this tannic vintage”

(Robert Parker reviewing Haut Bages Liberal 2006)




Sweet tannins | swiːt ˈtænɪnz |

Wine retains it’s red fruit, whilst having a clean & defined ending on the palate.

Like: a good blackberry

For example: “This consistently high quality estate’s 2006 exhibits aromas of cedar, black currants, black cherries, loamy soil, and background toasty oak. Medium-bodied and richly fruity with sweet tannin, it should drink well for 5-6 years. Good value.”

(Robert Parket reviewing D’Aiguilhe 2006)




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