Vincabulary – Tannic structure

Tannin is a natural substance that comes from the skins, seeds and barrels.  Sometimes referred to as astringency, it is the puckering, dryness at the finish of many (especially red) wines. 

A well balanced tannic structure features good acid along with a slightly lingering astringency.  A poorly balanced tannic structure will cause your mouth to become the Sahara, also known as “getting splinters on the finish”. 

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