tan·​nic | \ˈta-nik \

Definition of tannic 

1 : of, resembling, or derived from tan or a tannin

2 of wine : containing an abundance of tannins : markedly astringent

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Lambrusco, a sparkling red wine, is slightly sweeter than your typical room-temperature, tannic reds, but still upholds a crisp freshness that hits the perfect summer note. Lauren Sheffield, Harper's BAZAAR, "Forget Rosé: These Are the Wines You Need to Be Sipping," 26 July 2018 The resulting wines are amber colored — some indeed look orange — and tannic. Eric Asimov, New York Times, "From Campania’s Volcanic Soils, Whites in Multiple Colors," 31 May 2018 Oh, but don’t forget about National Cabernet Day on August 30th, a traditionally hot day of the year everyone is reeeally clamoring for a highly tannic red. Marissa A. Ross, Bon Appetit, "Ugh, It’s National Wine Day," 25 May 2018 Hard cider is one of the most popular emerging beverages on the market, and while the really fine ciders from Normandy are dry and tannic, many domestic supermarket brands are soda-pop sweet. Gabrielle Hamilton, House Beautiful, "Gabrielle Hamilton's Braised Chicken Legs with Shallots and Vinegar," 22 Feb. 2013 The blend of 25% Malvasia di Candia, 25% Marsanne, 25% Ortugo, and 25% mystery varietals is melodic and fluid but gritty and gripping with a warm and citrusy tannic finish. Marissa A. Ross, Bon Appetit, "“Orange Wine” Needs to Go Away—Hear Me Out," 20 Mar. 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 Tannat is a hardy black grape most closely identified with the tannic, long-living Madiran wines of southwest France. Mike Dunne, sacbee, "Shenandoah Valley’s newest winery Paul J. Wines recognizes the old," 4 July 2018 The Ironstone is an exceptional buy for its bright and deep color, suggestions of roses in its fruity fragrance, reinforcing but yielding tannic spine and juicy cherry fruit underscored with a welcome herbal thread. Mike Dunne, sacbee, "This year's best local wine you can (mostly) get for under $20," 20 June 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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