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Unctuous Wine | The Wine Virgin
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Unctuous Wine

March 27, 2008

A quick question that’s been on my mind since lunch - I over heard a sommelier describing what he said was an unctuous wine. What did he mean by that? - Brandy in Frankfort, IN

So you want to know what unctuous wine is? Pretty easy wine tasting term to describe really, and you seem smart enough to ask before forming an opinion about something.

Mostly the term is used in a positive manner to describe a mellow wine that takes on the soft and full character from the residual sugar left over of the wine fermentation process. However, it’s possible to have too much of a good thing. Sometimes unctuous wine can be perceived as heavy, or even oily.

Very simply, this term can point towards a range of experiences from a rich and full texture to soft tannins that will take your tongue on a deep and interesting trip. But then again, you were very nosey to have even have heard about this term by listening to other peoples conversations… Tell me what else are you curious about? Cheers!!

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