Once you’ve swallowed a certain variety of wine, what impression does it leave in your mouth afterward? This is what the finish of a wine refers to. There are certain sub-categories that classify the finish of wine:
A smooth finish — a wine might feel velvety, buttery, supple, creamy, or lush in your mouth.
A tart finish — this is common in wines of a higher acidity level. There is sometimes a subtle hint of bitterness at the end.
A sweet tannin or smoky finish — this is common in oak-aged wines.
A dried-fruit finish — you’ll find that most aged red wines have this type of dry finish, as well as lighter-bodied red wines.
Then there’s also a spicy finish. This is typical with more intense wines that offer a sharp, burning sensation in the mouth once you swallow. Many people associate the feeling with eating wasabi!