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Wine with legs

This is not what most people mean when they talk about a wine's legs. If she swings her right foot in either direction she'll waste wine, and perhaps slip.

Lactic acid
Lactic acid is often present in wine. It takes its name from milk, where it is found. Lactic acid is softer than the other acids found in wine. A common winemaking procedure is malolactic fermentation, which transforms the rough malic acid into the smooth lactic acid.

Lactic bacteria
Lactic bacteria are micro-organisms responsible for both positive
malolactic fermentation, and undesirable fermentations leading to spoiled wine.
A laid-back wine is easy to drink, and quite relaxed. As you might guess, this term is usually employed for California wines.
Late Harvest
Late Harvest wines are made from grapes picked late in the season, when their sugar content is at its maximum. Harvesting a wine late is a gamble, if the weather doesn’t cooperate, the harvest may be reduced or even lost. In the US a Late Harvest wine is usually a bit sweet, while Select Late Harvest refers to a sweet wine, and Special Select Late Harvest to a very sweet wine.
A leafy wine smells of leaves. In very small doses this can be a positive characteristic. In excess, the wine is designated as green or vegetal, negative characteristics.
A leathery wine is a red wine that smells like leather and contains a high level of
Lees is any sediment remaining after wine fermentation. It is composed of dead yeast cells or other solid matter such as grape pulp, seeds, and skin. While this may sound unappetizing, wine kept on its lees (sur lie), may acquire extra body and flavor. Classic examples are Chardonnay and Muscadet.
A wine’s legs are the little drops on the inside of a wineglass that develop when the wine is swirled. In general, the higher the
alcohol content, the larger these drops. However, big legs are by no means a sign of quality.
A rather
acidic white wine is said to be lemony.
A wine’s length is the time that its flavor lingers in the back of the throat after swallowing. This property is measured in seconds, or caudilies, a fancier word that means seconds.
A light wine contains low levels of
alcohol and/or sugar. Wine tasters may say that a wine is light instead of saying that it is watery or thin.
A lively wine is a
fresh, somewhat acidic wine. It may have a few tiny bubbles. Lively wines are usually white, but may be red.
A long wine stays in the mouth for a while after swallowing (or spitting out). Usually, the finer the wine, the longer it lasts.
Lush or Luscious
Lush wines are fruity, soft and velvety. They contain substantial amounts of
. This term usually describes , sweet white wines.
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