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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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tasting term for a component of wine quality related to balance, but encompassing flavour as well as structure. A wine is harmonious if all its aromatic and structural elements are in proportion, with no individual element being too prominent, and if they complement each other to form a coherent whole. For example, a wine with herbaceous, barely ripe aromas but, in contrast, full body and low acid on the palate might be said to lack harmony.