You know the deal, the more some folks learn about a topic, the more shortcuts/slang/acronyms/initials/technical jargon can be tossed around. I’m here to help you understand those sometimes mysterious words and phrases, thus – Wine Words Demystified!
This week’s word/phrase is Typicity
A quality that a wine possesses if it is typical of its region and reflects characteristics of the grape variety from which it came…It has nothing to do with how good the wine tastes. A wine can be quite delicious and nonetheless show no typicity.
Typicity, which the venerable Jancis Robinson refers to as “typicality” is a controversial topic in the world of wine. Proponents argue that a Pinot Noir should “Taste like a Pinot Noir”. You may be thinking…um…why wouldn’t Pinot taste like Pinot. An example might be if a significant amount of say Syrah we added for color, or other reasons. And typicity can go beyond just taste. For example, is that same Pinot, and inky color rather than a shade of ruby, or other color “typical” to Pinot? Is it full-bodied, whereas Pinots tend toward being light, or medium-bodied?