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  • n. The state or condition of being overripe.


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  • The vintage conditions also were difficult enough to produce a lot of wines with overt signs of overripeness - which not only produces undesirable aromatic and flavor combinations such as prunes, kirsch and boysenberry syrup, but also takes away from any expression of terroir and really muddies focus and precision on the palate.

    Bordeaux 2009: all over but the pricing | Dr Vino's wine blog

  • In the past it has been my distinct impression that these terms have been code words for overripeness and high alcohol to my palate.

    Natural wines, premox, chenin blanc, 07 Port and Rhone – John Gilman | Dr Vino's wine blog

  • Those who refuse to carry California wine, when asked why, usually go well beyond “overripeness” and into culture.

    Home field disadvantaged – NYT on SF wine lists | Dr Vino's wine blog

  • They're compelling red wines of pipe-organ depth and power without excessive alcohol or overripeness.

    Two Worlds of Argentine Wines

  • All of which suggests that, just as either the overripeness or the rawness of what you serve can speak to your cultivation, to your acquired level of artistry, so cruelty can exhibit your refinement.


  • Sometimes not ripeness but overripeness is all, and may speak better of your taste.


  • I'd agree in both cases: any overripeness in my prose is unintentional, and my fascination with the Middle Ages leads me to play down the role of magic in my own stories.

    :Acquired Taste

  • I've long admired the cool detachment of the mature Vance's prose while I take David's point about the overripeness, it's mainly seen in the Dying Earth novels.

    :Acquired Taste

  • "Inkheart" may not be rotten to the core -- instead of maggots, the fantasy adventure seethes with good intentions -- but the overripeness of its special effects can't be overstated.

    Overdone Effects Blot 'Inkheart'

  • Turning our eyes from the presidential campaign to conservative Washington generally, we can see the same overripeness, the same flamboyant contradictions that have long since become too great to paper over.

    Thomas Frank: Decline with a Chance of Fall


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