Wine Glossary D

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007 at 12:00 am

Decanting: This is a method of taking away the sediment that is present in a wine before drinking it. It is achieved by carefully and surely pouring out the wine from its original bottle into another bottle or container altogether.

Delicate: This is a term that is often used to characterize wines of medium and light weight which have pleasing flavors. This is a desirable attribute to have in specific wines such as Riesling or Pinot Noir.

Demi-sec: This is a term that corresponds to the sweetness of Champagne. It can, however, be misleading as "demi-sec" means half-dry and demi-sec sparkling wines are commonly found to be medium sweet to slightly sweet.

Dense: A wine’s concentrated aroma that is picked up by the nose and the palate. In young wines, this is commonly seen to be a good indicator.

Depth: Flavors in wine are said to be concentrated and complex when they have excellent depth. This term can be used in such wines which have remarkable and outstanding depth. It is the contrary to the term of shallow.

Dirty: Encompasses all of the fetid and polluted smells that may happen while wine is made. This could be due to bad barrels or even corks that have been put on the wine bottle. Because of odors such as these, wines that are "dirty" are regarded as poorly-made wine.

Disgorgement: A phase in the conventional manner of making sparkling wine wherein the frozen sediment is taken out from the neck of the bottle instead.

Dosage: This is a bit of wine that is usually sweet and is added to the back of the bottle when the yeast sediment that accumulates in the neck of the bottle is taken out. This is usually done in sparkling wines which are bottle-fermented.

Dry: having absolutely no detectable taste of sugar in the wine. Most of the wine tasters start to perceive sugar levels of 0.5 percent to 07 percent when taste-testing different wines.

Drying Out: The occurrence that happens when the wine seems to be "losing fruit" or sweetness especially in sweet wines. This is because the acid, tannin or alcohol has begun to dominate the taste. This will not improve the wine during this stage.

Dumb: A step that most young wines undergo whenever there flavors and bouquet are underdeveloped. This is a synonym of the term "closed".