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 fat 

A positive descriptor sometimes used for wine that, although concentrated, RICH, and high in GLYCEROL, has low to average ACIDITY. The impression on the palate is full and fat. A wine with almost the same qualities, but not in the same concentration, might be referred to as plump. If a fat wine lacks too much acidity it becomes insipid and is referred to as FLABBY. A sweet wine that's fat can be overwhelmingly unctuous. See also LEAN.

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Material adapted from the The New Food Lover's Companion

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THE FOOD LOVER'S COMPANION, 2nd edition, by Sharon Tyler Herbst.


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