Astringent mouthfeel of wine results from a lubrication failure in the mouth...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Astringency in wine is the drying, rough and puckering sensation that is experienced after tasting most red wines. The term 'smooth' is used by wine-writers to describe the pleasurable feeling of a high quality astringent sensation. Feeling is the operative word here, as although astringency is an in-mouth experience, it is a touch sensation not a taste as one might expect.

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