What does it mean to say a wine has a "nice mesh"?

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Dear Dr. Vinny,

Can you please define what “nice mesh” means when talking about Riesling?

—Michael B., Connecticut

Dear Michael,

Even though I’m guessing you came across the term “nice mesh” in a Riesling review, it isn’t actually specific to the Riesling grape. Outside the world of wine, “mesh” refers to strands woven together, so using “nice mesh” as a metaphor to describe a wine suggests that its elements fit together well. Similar ways for wine writers to describe different elements interconnected in harmony might be “well woven” or “tightly knit.”

—Dr. Vinny

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