Wine Descriptions And What They Really Mean

There are different types of wine, and each wine is unique in its own way. In this article, we will look at some wine description and what they mean.

  • Acidic/With high acidity

Wines with a huge presence of acidity are very fresh and zesty. The features that white wine possesses is close to lemon or juice. A good check for high acidity is if the wine activates saliva in the mouth.

  • Big

The world big means something that covers everywhere. A wine that is said to be big is a wine that when you pour into your mouth, it covers every part of your mouth. It can also refer to high tannins and intensity of the wine.

  • Buttery

A wine is said to be buttery when it has a cream – like texture and are very smooth. Buttery white wines are often aged in oak to achieve this characteristic.

  • Complex

Complex is a sensation that something is not straightforward cannot be explained and understood easily. When the word complex is used to describe a wine, it means the taste of the wine is changing from the first sip to swallowing the wine and the wine has a variety of smells and flavours.

  • Creamy

Creamy indicates that the mouthfeel of wine is smooth and soft, as if with a bit or cream. Creamy white wines, similar to buttery, are often aged in oak.

  • Crisp

A crisp wine there is a substantial amount of acidity that gives the wine a taste that is similar to fresh-squeezed lemonade with no sugar or fruit flavours. It is usually used to describe white wines.

  • Earthy

It is used to describe a flavour of the wine that is not fruity or flowery, but rather associated with flavours of tobacco, leaves, leather etc. It is usually used to describe red wines. Some grapes naturally have earthy flavours, in other cases red wine can acquire it with ageing in oak.

  • Elegant

Elegant Wines are wines that are not Big, or very Tannic, or very Fruity. They can come across as discrete first, but then allow to discover them more, and you begin to like them when you taste them again and again.

  • Jammy

A Jammy wine indicates a wine full of cooked berry sweetness and smoothness. Wines like Primitivo, Ripasso, Amarone are often described as Jammy.

  • Mineral

Mineral wines are similar to elegant wines. They are lean, pure and acid and also have a taste of licking wet stones and often a chalky texture.

  • Oaked

A white wine is said to be Oaked when one feels vanilla, butter, and in some cases coconut on the nose and mouth. In the case of red wines, it adds baking spices, vanilla and in some cases dill.

  • Silky

Silky indicates how the wine is felt in the mouth. Silky is the softest of wine textures. It is often used to describe wines that are light with a soft grain texture.

  • Structured

A wine is referred to as structured when it is more on a complex rather than easy side. For red wines it usually means a presence of big tannins. For white wines it means the wine is not very light but rather has some creaminess or is oaky.

  • Velvety

A wine that is rich, smooth, and soft is called velvety wine.

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