You don’t have to be a great wine connoisseur to look like a true connoisseur at friends’ gatherings, around a wine bar . In this article we give you the definitive guide to learn those words that best describe wine . And that, for sure, will make you look like a true expert in the field.

Verbalizing sensations in the form of aromas, textures and flavors to find an adjective that describes this ancient drink is not an easy task. Because talking about wine is talking about poetry and romance in its purest form. 

List of words to describe wine

Each person lives the experience of tasting any bottle of wine from a wine cellar in a unique way. Our palate and brain join forces to find among our memories “that word” that best defines what we have felt, just by sniffing the drink.

But don’t worry. That we will facilitate the work to your senses so that you can transform impressions into words, quickly. Memorize this list of adjectives to describe the wine and you will surely find a way to describe it with the first sip of the glass:

  • Abocado: produces sugary sensations, which are not sweet.
  • Steel : visually reminds us of the shine of steel (white wine)
  • Corked : its dry aroma reminds of hazelnuts due to contact with cork.
  • Fruity : its aroma and flavor are reminiscent of some fruits.
  • Aggressive: strong texture and flavor related to a high level of acidity.
  • Cheerful: light and simple texture, with a good passage through the palate.
  • Lively: gives off a fresh and vital feeling.
  • Animal: reminiscent of strong animal aromas, such as leather (black wine).
  • Rough: they abundantly exceed components from the stem (plant structure of the bunch).
  • Harmonious: it leaves us a balanced taste in each sip.
  • Aromatic: gives off an intense aroma.
  • Astringent: leaves a harsh aftertaste in the mouth, due to its lack of maturity.
  • Velvety: leaves a smooth flavor thanks to its velvety texture.
  • Austere: the wine lacks body due to lack of maturity.
  • Balsamic: a pungent, minty aroma with a transparent texture.
  • Soft: lack of body and depth.
  • Warm: it burns as it passes through the palate due to its large amount of alcohol.
  • Meaty:  texture that can be “chewed”, reminiscent of the aroma of meat.
  • Closed:  concentrated, with little expressiveness in its aroma.
  • Complex: deep and intense flavor.
  • Concentrated: we can find many fruity flavors.
  • Full-bodied: texture that fills the mouth with every sip.
  • Short: acid and with muted flavors.
  • Decrepit: its flavors are unbalanced due to an excess of age.
  • Dense : the aroma is concentrated on the nose and palate.
  • Balanced: achieve harmony in all its elements. 
  • Spicy:  complex aroma with flavors of spices such as cinnamon, curry or pepper.
  • Thick: texture and dense body.
  • Flaccid: lack of acidity in the wine that unbalances its flavor.
  • Floral: its aroma is reminiscent of certain flowers.
  • Fresh: vibrant, young and intense aroma.
  • Leafy: reminiscent of the aroma of certain plant leaves.
  • Herbal: wine that does not mature properly continues with herbal aromas.
  • Hollow: a disappointment as it passes through the mouth.
  • Intense: concentrated wine with a pronounced aroma.
  • Clean: free of any bad taste.
  • Long: its taste persists in the mouth after swallowing it.
  • Full: full-  bodied similar to a “fat” texture.
  • Buttery: texture and smell of butter.
  • Mineral: gives off a wet stone or chalk smell.
  • Morapio: intense color but muted tone (red wine).
  • Crisp: refreshing and juicy.
  • Pastoso: with a lot of sugar and density (white wine) .
  • Scented: strong aromas reminiscent of sweet floral.
  • Chopped: vinegary taste.
  • Round: soft and enveloping texture.
  • Rich: strong, generous flavor.
  • Roblado: maintains the  aroma of the oak barrel in which it has been aged.
  • Dry: without any sugar.
  • Mild: its acidity is not perceptible to taste.
  • Subtle: delicate aroma and texture.
  • Tannic: a high level of tannins in the leaves has determined its aroma and flavor.
  • Terpenic: contains oils that provide a dense and intense aroma.
  • Earthy: its aroma is reminiscent of mud or clay.
  • Toasted: the oak barrels have impregnated a toasted effect in their flavor.
  • Unctuous: oily texture.
  • Vegetable:  when the maturity levels of the grape are not adequate.
  • Vigorous: a powerful set of flavors that create a balanced mix in your mouth.
  • Viscous : full-bodied texture.

What type of wine do I need in my wine cellar?

Now that you know this guide with many of the most used words to describe the quality, texture and aroma of a wine; Do not miss the list of supermarkets where you can buy cheap and quality wine to fill your wine cellar.

If you still don’t have a wine fridge, discover our online wine cellar catalog  and surprise your friends and family at the next meetings!

Dr. Sofia Seccombe

My name is Dr. Sofia Seccombe, and in this small section, I want to tell you who I am and why I started this project. I don't want to bore you, but I consider that it is an important part of godlywine. It serves as an exercise in transparency so that the person who reads the articles can be sure that the information is reliable.

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