Wine Word of the Week: Oaky

By Kori ~ October 9th, 2008.

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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Reader's Comments

  1. Bill Wozniak | March 28th, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    Been searching with little luck. Can you recommend a full body red wine for under $30 that is the ultimate in oak favor / nose with a toasty vanilla start and a velvet finish? – Many Thanks, Bill