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Dear Dr. Vinny,
What is “inkiness” in wine?
—Ljubica K., Italy
Most mentions of “ink” or “inkiness” in wine are probably referring to a red wine’s color—dark, definitely opaque, highly pigmented color. When I notice a wine that’s fundamentally dark but also shows some brightness—say, with purple or violet hues—I’m likely to call it “inky.”
“Inky” isn’t typically used as a note for flavor, though you might assume that a wine described as “inky” is also likely to be concentrated or extracted in style.
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