ma·​lo·​lac·​tic | \ ˌma-lō-ˈlak-tik How to pronounce malolactic (audio) , ˌmā-\

Definition of malolactic

: relating to or involved in the bacterial conversion of malic acid to lactic acid in wine malolactic fermentation

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Surprising technical wine fact of the week: Heitz Cellar does not allow its red wines to go through malolactic fermentation! Esther Mobley,, "Orange wine is not ‘an assault on pleasure,’ it’s a window into our changing tastes," 12 Sep. 2019 The malolactic Ramey mentioned is a secondary fermentation that transforms tart malic acid into softer lactic acid. Dave Mcintyre, Washington Post, "5 things to know about chardonnay, the world’s most popular white wine," 26 July 2019 Toasty flavors come from the char on the new oak barrels, but the butter on that toast comes from malolactic fermentation. Dave Mcintyre, Washington Post, "5 things to know about chardonnay, the world’s most popular white wine," 26 July 2019 Red wines regular go through malolactic fermentation, a process that smooths out the wine and reduces its acidity. Fortune, "Germany Might Be Producing the Best Pinot Noirs Available Today," 14 July 2019 And whether it’s put through malolactic fermentation or not, the underlying acid is the backbone of the wine. Paul Hodgins,, "Adult Beverages: Rombauer’s winemaker has cracked the secret to bestselling chardonnay," 13 June 2019 Lodi naysayers take note: This is a white wine that underwent full malolactic fermentation and still presents as super racy, clocking in at just 13 percent alcohol. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, "Tasting notes: The diverse, dynamic wines of Lodi," 20 May 2018 This is rich, ample California chardonnay, unadulterated by oak and made without the softening influence of malolactic fermentation, which turns firm malic acid into creamy lactic acid. Eric Asimov, New York Times, "20 Wines Under $20: Touring the World, Familiar to Obscure," 25 Jan. 2018 The Private Selection was also quite nice, with more oak flavoring and richness from malolactic fermentation. Dave Mcintyre,, "These wines are cheap and available everywhere. But are any worth drinking?," 5 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of malolactic

1908, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for malolactic

malic + -o- + lactic

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