Wine Glossary | H

Wine Glossary | H

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HARD --- Describes wines with high acidity or tannic astringency; opposite of lush. Young wines may lose their hardness with time.

HARSH --- Excessively hard.

HERBACEOUS --- Possessing a distinctively grassy or herbal smell, particularly associated with some Cabernet Sauvignons, Merlots and Sauvignon Blancs. Sometimes erroneously used to describe vegetal character.

HOLLOW --- Used to describe a wine that lacks depth; shallow; empty.

HOT --- Causing a burning sensation when swallowed as a result of high alcohol content.

HYBRID --- The result of cross-breeding two species of grapes.