Acid - the tingling bite from white wines, in the right balance a good thing.
Beefy or meaty - dense, powerful, richly-flavoured red wines with a high alcohol level.
Complex - not in the sense of difficult, but having multiple complimenatry tastes which can develop over time.
Creamy - not thick but rich in taste and texture, as in a good champagne.
Crisp - dry, clean, light and satisfingly refreshing.
Fruity - an aroma and taste of particular fruits such as "peachy" Chardonnay.
Full-bodied - generous, powerful and strong-tasting, with high alcohol.
Long - a taste that lasts and can develop after you have swallowed the wine.
Nose or bouquet - aroma.
Oak - aged in oak barrels to soften the tannins and increase fruitiness - adds toastiness and complexity as well as vanilla flavours.
Soft - smooth and mellow without too much acidity in whites or of the tannin (tea like) edge in reds.
Structure - the relationship of components - acid, tannin, fruit, alcohol, sugar - nicely balanced in a well-structured wine.
Young - fresh, lively wine less than 12 months old, perhaps with a trace of fizz or petillance
Evelyn Jones...The Vintry