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Hello there! I'm Dr. Vinifera, or "Vinny" for short. Ask me your toughest wine questions, from the technical aspects of winemaking to the fine points of etiquette. I hope you find my answers educational and even amusing. Looking for a particular answer? Check my archive and my FAQs. You can also follow me on Twitter: @AskDrVinny.




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Dear Dr. Vinny,

What does the term "tight tannins" mean in wine tasting notes?

—John P., San Francisco

Dear John,

The wine term "tight" is usually positive, meaning a wine that's highly concentrated yet restrained, or not showing its full potential. As far as tannins are concerned, a tightly tannic or tightly wound bottling would often be a young wine with a lot of structure, which the taster thinks would be more enjoyable if it were less closed up and more expressive. So, a wine with "tight tannins" might be a good candidate for aging in the cellar.

—Dr. Vinny

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