Wine Words 2

Round 2,  time to get slightly more abstract..




Impressively endowed | ɪmˈpresɪvli ɪnˈdaʊd |


Refering to a style of wine: rich, full-bodied & oozing luxury.


Like: unctuous chocolate praline


For example:  “This is a very strong effort from this estate, which sits just adjacent to Petrus. In fact, they sold part of their vineyard to Petrus in the early 1970s. This is a full-bodied, powerful 2006 with the oak more restrained than it normally is in a young Gazin. Copious quantities of sweet plum, fig, and black cherry fruit are intermixed with cedar and dried herbs in a medium to full-bodied, rich, long, impressively endowed style. This is an outstanding wine, with enough stuffing, structure, and density to age beautifully over a 20- to 25-year period.”

(Robert Parker reviewing Gazin 2006)




Forest floor | ˈfɒrɪst flɔː |


Earthy & alive foraging fare. So, fruit, shrubs, nuts & pinecones.


Like: Mum’s best fruitcake


For example: “Rauzan-Segla’s finesse-styled 2004 offers raspberry, cherry, forest floor, and dried herb-like characteristics in its deep ruby/purple-hued, medium-bodied personality. With excellent purity, freshness, and precision, it is not a blockbuster claret, but rather a stylish, elegant, accessible effort with sweet tannin. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2022.”


(Robert Parker reviewing Rauzan Segla 2004)



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!