Designation for a dominant smell and taste impression in the context of a wine appeal
. This means an undesirable covering (veiling) of the wine's own aroma by a foreign substance. The wine is thus "hidden behind something" and cannot be fully appreciated - it is simply "masked". The fruity
aromas in a wine are particularly affected by this. Causes can be a slight cork taste
(cork lurker), too pronounced tannins
or toast aroma
or too much sulphur
. With the latter two, this will usually be reduced as the wine matures in the bottle
. What exactly it is should be clear from the context of the description, for example "masked (covered) by too much wood".