Wine Words 5

This week 2 very different descriptors, one specific & one general.. both equally as delicious.  If you find yourself using them to describe a wine, the likelihood is that you’ll want more of the stuff!


Lushness | lʌʃ ‘nəs |

Referring to pretty much everything, rich, generous & juicy.. lushness suggest a wine that coats your mouth, both with flavour & texture. An indulgent gift that keeps on giving.

Like: Black Forest gâteau

For example: “This 100% Merlot cuvee has put on weight since I tasted it last year. It reveals a beautiful, exotic, coffee bean, sweet cherry, and cassis-scented bouquet as well as superb charm, lushness, and fruit. Reminiscent of a lighter-weight Le Pin, this beauty can be drunk now or cellared for a decade. It will not make old bones.”

Robert Parker reviewing Certan Mazelle 2004


Toast | təʊst |

Refers to a very particular taste & smell – often used & yet not always fully understood; toast the nutty & warm smell that you get from grains crisping up – gently warms the back of your palate; familiar & more’ish.

Like: Toasted seeds

For example: “Atypically opulent, flamboyant, and extravagantly rich for a 2006, this tiny garagiste operation has fashioned a gorgeously sexy 2006 boasting sweet creme de cassis notes intermixed with kirsch, coffee, and subtle smoked herb and toast characteristics in the background. Full-bodied, round, and delicious, it is impossible to resist, so enjoy it over the next 8-10 years. Great value.”

Robert Parker reviewing Croix de Labrie 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!