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A full-bodied wine is one that is rich and intense in flavor and has a substantial weight on the palate. These wines typically have a higher alcohol content and a more complex flavor profile than lighter-bodied wines. They are often described as being "robust" or "big."
Some characteristics of full-bodied wines include:
High alcohol content: Full-bodied wines typically have an alcohol content of 13.5% or higher.
Rich, bold flavors: These wines often have strong, intense flavors of dark fruit (such as blackberry, plum, and black cherry), along with notes of spices, chocolate, coffee, and tobacco.
Full-bodied mouthfeel: These wines have a substantial weight on the palate, with high levels of tannins and acidity.
Ageability: Many full-bodied wines are designed to be aged and can improve in complexity, flavor and balance over time.
Some examples of full-bodied wines include:
Cabernet Sauvignon: This wine is known for its full-bodied nature, robust tannins and strong flavors of black currant, cedar, and tobacco.
Syrah/Shiraz: These wines have a full-bodied mouthfeel and rich, bold flavors of dark fruit, spices, and black pepper.
Malbec: This wine is known for its full-bodied nature and rich, dark fruit flavors, along with notes of chocolate and spices.
Zinfandel: This wine can be full bodied and high in alcohol with a rich black fruit and pepper flavor
It is important to note that wine descriptions are not standardize and can vary from producer to producer, or from vintage to vintage. The best way to know is to taste it, and to look for wines that have a high alcohol content and a rich, complex flavor profile.