What are those tannins that everyone is talking about

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You are letting red wine breath, to soften the tannins. But what are they exactly?

How to taste the tannins?

Tannins are the feeling on your gums or your tongue. You can compare it to tasting a used tea bag. When you have a wine with lots of harsh tannins, you will feel them on your teeth with your tongue.

If the wine is excellent and was aged well, it will have those tannins almost smooth. If the wine is young and very tannic, it will feel very gritty on your gums and teeth.

Where are tannins from?

Tannins are presented in the skin and stalk of vine grape. The presence of tannins depends on the contact of the wine with skins. That’s the reason why white and rose wine has minimal tannins.

Which grape have more tannins?

Thick-skinned vines varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon or Syrah have more tannins then Pinot Noir which is think-skinned grape.

List of very high tannic wines

Most tannic wine at the top

  • Tannat
  • Petit Verdot
  • Nebbiolo
  • Tempranillo
  • Merlot
  • Cabernet Sauvignon

List of reds with low tannins

Least tannic wine at the top

  • Cinsault
  • Pinot Noir
  • Carignan
  • Malbec
  • Cabernet Franc

That’s it for today. Next one in this series is about the sweetness of a wine.

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