By Kori ~ August 14th, 2008.
This weekâ€™s Wine Word of the Week is nose.
Official definition from Jancis Robinsonâ€™s The Oxford Companion to Wine:
Nose is the most sensitive form of tasting equipment so far encountered, the sense of taste being so inextricably linked with the sense of smell. â€¦. Nose is also used as a synonym for the smell, aroma, or bouquet of a wine, as in wines having â€˜a nose of raspberriesâ€™, â€˜a raspberry noseâ€™, or even â€˜raspberries on the noseâ€™.
Laymanâ€™s terms from Kori:
Ms. Robinsonâ€™s definition is fairly straightforward on this one. Basically nose has two definitions in relation to wine:
- An extremely important body part since smell and taste are so closely linked.
- Another word for the smell or aroma of a wine; i.e. â€œblack fruits come through on the nose.â€
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