HARD Said of a wine with excess astringency and acidity that overpowers its smoothness and alcohol. Such a wine can soften over time as the tannins become less robust.
HARMONIOUS Said of a wine that has a particularly good blend of characteristics, beyond just being well balanced.
HARSH Said of a highly astringent wine with an overwhelmingly strong tannic structure. On the astringency scale, “harsh” is stronger than “rough” and less strong than “inky”.
HEADY Said of a wine that is very high in alcohol.
HEAVY Said of a wine that is overly thick and generally high in alcohol.
HECTARE 10,000 sq. meters, or a land parcel that measures 100 meters by 100 meters.
HECTOLITER 100 liters.
HOLLOW Said of a wine that lacks substance.
HYBRIDS Term for varieties that are obtained from two different species of grapevine. These are illegal under French law.