malolactic

adjective
ma·lo·lac·tic | \ˌma-lō-ˈlak-tik, 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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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, chicagotribune.com, "These wines are cheap and available everywhere. But are any worth drinking?," 5 Sep. 2017 The non-malolactic Stags' Leap Chardonnay bristles with citrus and tart apple aromas that follow through on the palate. Dave Eckert, kansascity.com, "Chardonnay Day is a good time to look at some delicious California varietals," 24 May 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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