Wine Word of the Week: Oaky



By Kori ~ March 27th, 2012.

This week’s Wine Word of the Week is oaky.

Official definition from Jancis Robinson’s The Oxford Companion to Wine:
Oaky is a tasting term usually applied to wines too heavily influenced by oak flavor, which smell and taste more of wood than fruit, and may be aggressively tannic and dry.

Layman’s terms from Kori:
Ms. Robinson’s definition is fairly straightforward on this one. Oaky is a tasting term used for wines that have too much oak flavor. Heavy aromas and flavors of wood, smoke, butter, and/or vanilla can indicate that a wine is oaky.


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