By Kori ~ November 13th, 2010.
This week’s Wine Word of the Week is loess.
Official definition from Jancis Robinson’s The Oxford Companion to Wine:
Loess is a light-coloured, fine-grained accumulation of clay and silt particles that have been deposited by the wind. An essentially unconsolidated, unstratified calcareous silt, it is usually homogenous, permeable, and buff to grey in colour, containing calcareous concretions and fossils. It is found particularly in some vineyards in Austria and Germany.
Layman’s terms from Kori:
Loess, wind-deposited silt, is a type of soil found in some vineyards.
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