tan·​nic | \ ˈta-nik How to pronounce tannic (audio) \

Definition of tannic

1 : of, resembling, or derived from tan or a tannin
2 of wine : containing an abundance of tannins : markedly astringent

Examples of tannic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Untoasted whole walnuts have a tannic edge to their nuttiness that balances chocolate’s richness while highlighting its bittersweet side. Los Angeles Times, "These hearty chocolate chunk cookies are what you need right now," 1 Oct. 2019 The flavors imparted by skin fermentation range from a slight tannic bite to spices and, in the extreme, weirdly earthy and funky. Dave Mcintyre, Washington Post, "It might be trendy again, but orange wine is nothing new — and nothing to scoff at," 27 Sep. 2019 Before that, Barolos were typically quite tannic at first and took years to come around. Lettie Teague, WSJ, "Why Italy’s ‘King of Wines’ Is A Relative Bargain—For Now," 6 Dec. 2018 Aporia, a tart, meaty, tannic Syrah that seems to recall a Georgian Saperavi ($33). Esther Mobley, SFChronicle.com, "In Sonoma, a natural winemaker looks to the Republic of Georgia for inspiration," 15 Aug. 2019 Kirsch, raspberry and rose flavors coalesce against a dusty tannic backdrop. Bryce Wiatrak, San Francisco Chronicle, "Tasting Notes: The wines of Montebello Road," 28 Feb. 2018 While tiny and seemingly unripe, a greengage is preternaturally sweet, juicy and deeply flavorful but possessing far less tartness and tannic pucker than other, more popular plum varieties. Los Angeles Times, "The Holy Grail of stone fruit is in season. Get it while (and if) you can," 12 Aug. 2019 Where to Refuel Between Sips Kakheti’s bold, tannic wines sing alongside the region’s characteristically rich cuisine. Benjamin Kemper, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Guide to Georgian Wine Country," 5 Sep. 2018 Gamay Noir has only a modest tannic payload; its featherweighted finish makes the front end that much more of a headlong rush of movement, broad and forward-leaning, a starburst of flavor. Patrick Comiskey, latimes.com, "Why you should be drinking Gamay Noir this summer," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of tannic

1836, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for tannic

French tannique, from tannin

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