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Wine words

A concise dictionary of wine-related terms for enthusiasts and lovers of all things enological
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LATERAL SINUS :
The more or less deep section of the blade leaf between two lobes.
LEAF BLADE :
The flat, green part of the leaf where photosynthesis occurs.
LEES :
Deposits consisting of the dead yeast when it has finished the fermentation process. Some wines are matured sur lie (on the lees) to enrich their aromas. The lees also help stabilize the wines.
LEGS :
See Tears
LIGHT :
Said of a wine that is not highly colored or robust, but balanced and pleasant. In general, these wines should be enjoyed when young. Beaujolais Nouveau is a good example of a light wine.
LIMPID :
Said of a wine that is clear and bright with no suspended matter.
LOBE :
Outward jutting part of the vine leaf that determines its shape. Many grape varieties have a leaf with 5 lobes. These lobes are separated by lateral sinuses.
LONG :
Used to describe a wine’s finish, or the lasting sensation it leaves on the palate after tasting. Synonym for a wine with long-lasting flavor.
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