Wine Words 1

Struggle with some of wine’s more ‘floral’ language? Look out for JFT’s tasting note translators in our regular ‘Wine Word’ entries.

Kickstarting with some old favourites..




Fleshy | ˈfleʃi |

Wine with a vivacious, lively quality that dances in your mouth with substance to back it up.

Like: a delicious fruit crumble

In use: “A soft, fleshy, up-front styled Pauillac that will provide delicious drinking over the next 10-15 years, the 2006 Haut-Bages Liberal is dark ruby/purple in color and exhibits notes of licorice, roasted herbs, black currants, and plums. It is a sexy, round, silky-textured wine that seems something of an “outlier” in this tannic vintage”

(Robert Parker reviewing Haut Bages Liberal 2006)




Sweet tannins | swiːt ˈtænɪnz |

Wine retains it’s red fruit, whilst having a clean & defined ending on the palate.

Like: a good blackberry

For example: “This consistently high quality estate’s 2006 exhibits aromas of cedar, black currants, black cherries, loamy soil, and background toasty oak. Medium-bodied and richly fruity with sweet tannin, it should drink well for 5-6 years. Good value.”

(Robert Parket reviewing D’Aiguilhe 2006)




The Author

Helen Richards

Hely's love of wine was born from a young age, spending summers exploring the vineyards of France. After studying Modern Languages at Oxford, she worked in publishing and branding before joining the JF Tobias team to help build our blog / written content. She loves wine, writing, yoga and adventure in equal measure and strives to balance all four, although not necessarily all at the same time!