Wine Glossary: L
While tasting wine across Washington state, here are some terms you may come across:
Lanolin - A somewhat creamy smell that can be associated with Sémillon and Chenin Blanc wines.
Late Harvest - Is noted on labels and refers to wines made from grapes picked later than normal and at with high sugar levels, and usually affected with noble rot or botrytis, thus producing sweet dessert-style wines.
Leafy - Describes somewhat herbaceous, green overtones reminiscent of leaves. Can add to the complexity of a wine if present only in negligible amounts.
Lean - Not necessarily a bad quality, but indicates the presence of more body would be favorable; describes austere wines with evident acidity.
Legs - Term used to describe the droplets left on the side of the glass after swirling which ease down the surface as tears or "legs." The thicker the legs and the more slow-moving they are, the higher the alcohol content.
Length - The amount of time the flavor and aroma of a wine stay on the palate after swallowing., the longer the better the wine.
Light - Can refer to wines light in alcohol or wines light in texture, weight, body - how the wine feels in the mouth.
Luscious - Soft tasting, rich, opulent, and smooth; most often said of wines high in residual sugar, also sometimes refers to intensely fruity wines.