By Kori ~ July 24th, 2008.
This weekâ€™s Wine Word of the Week is finish.
Official definition from Jancis Robinsonâ€™s The Oxford Companion to Wine:
Since this is an oft used wine tasting term, I was surprised to find that there was no entry for â€œfinishâ€ in The Oxford Companion to Wine. However, I did locate entries for â€œlongâ€ and â€œshortâ€ that seem the closest to explaining this term. Long is a much-derided tasting term for wines whose impact on the palate is particularly persistent. A wine that is long is usually of high quality. Short is a tasting term for a wine whose impact on the palate is not persistent; the opposite of long.
Laymanâ€™s terms from Kori:
The finish is how long a wineâ€™s flavor lingers in your mouth. A well made wine has a lingering finish (sometimes as much as 30 seconds or more.)
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