Glossary of Wine Terms
OAKY— Describes a wine that smells and /or tastes of the oak barrel in which it was aged. Vanilla, as well as toasty flavors, can be derived from the barrel.
OFF — Flawed; bad or in any way unpleasant.
OFF-DRY — Slightly sweet or semi-sweet.
OVERCROPPING — Allowing the vine to produce more fruit than its is capable of bringing to maturity, resulting in an inferior wine and causing damage to the vine.
OVERRIPE — Term applied to wines made from overripe fruit, resulting in high alcohol content, heaviness, and imbalance.
OXIDIZED — Applies to wines that are in the final stage of life, resulting in a brownish color and loss of freshness; may occur prematurely in wines that are exposed to oxygen.