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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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 For a long time, the making of Argentinian wine—most notably rich, tannic Malbecs—was a male pursuit. Todd Plummer, Vogue, "Meet the Women Changing Argentina’s Wine Industry," 18 June 2018 My preference is for Abinao, a chocolate from Valrhona with a formidable 85% cacao and a tannic depth that prevails even in the face of the lavish quantities of butter and sugar in a torta di capri. Aleksandra Crapanzano, WSJ, "A Chocolate Cake Recipe That’s Seriously Intense," 31 May 2018 Aronia berries, also known as chokeberries, grow throughout the Midwest and are known for their tart and tannic taste. Kenney Marlatt, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago spirit-maker Apologue delivers Midwestern flavors to cocktails," 30 May 2018 Both areas produced powerful, tannic reds made from the nebbiolo grape, but Barolo, known as the wine of kings, had the advantage of royal patronage because of its association with the Savoy family. Jay Mcinerney, Town & Country, "How a wine making dynasty challenged the old ways in order to save itself.," 11 Oct. 2016 An avocado boba came across creamy, tannic and not too sweet. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "Review: Dominion spot Kin Thai & Sushi makes sushi and Thai a happy couple," 24 May 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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