Wine Word of the Week: Minerality

By Kori ~ July 16th, 2009.

Wine Word of the WeekThis week’s Wine Word of the Week is minerality.

Official definition from Jancis Robinson’s The Oxford Companion to Wine:
Interestingly enough, The Oxford Companion to Wine does not give a definition for minerality. Ms. Robinson does list minerals and mineral elements such as potassium, nitrogen, sulfur, copper, etc. But it does not seem that those elements are directly related to the “minerality” that wine drinkers describe in certain wines.

Layman’s terms from Kori:
Minerality is a term generally used to describe a wine that smells and/or tastes like minerals, stones, or some other element of the earth. Most of these wines lack prominent fruit aromas and flavors.

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