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Dear Dr. Vinny,
Could you please explain what the terms “unctuous,” “lithe” and “racy” mean in tasting notes?
—Koorosh K., Seattle
These are all positive terms in most circumstances. “Unctuous” refers to a rich, lush texture, or to soft, velvety tannins. “Lithe” similarly refers to a supple, graceful wine. “Racy” refers to a wine with a fresh, lively acidity.
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