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Budding oenophile and wine terminology

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Budding oenophile and wine terminology

CHEFINTHECLOSET | Oct 10, 2009 09:51 PM

Let's face it, getting older has it perks. With aging comes wisdom or so I'd like to think. So forking $20 to $30 for a bottle of wine is fine as long as I know what I'm getting for my buck. Wine terminology is somewhat baffling to say the least. While reading the descriptive of wine products I'm unsure as to what some of the terms really mean. Please enlighten me. Here are some terms which I would like explained in more mundane terms.

round finish
tightly knit
fat
leathery
woody
begins to show some complexity
volatile
Emphatic typicity.
One dimensional and short

I'm also curious about the rating system. Isn't this really subjective because of personal taste?

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