Italian term meaning ‘lightly sweet, mouth filling’ (Burton Anderson), from ‘la bocca’, Italian noun for mouth, hence literally ‘in mouth puttable’ or palatable; medium sweet, less sweet than ‘amabile’ (Oxford Companion, 2015); ‘medium sweet, but usually light bodied’ (David Gleave, 1989, p21).


Burton Anderson, The Wine Atlas of Italy (Mitchell Beazley, London, 1990), p306.

David Gleave, The Wines of Italy (Salamander Books, London, 1989), p21.

Oxford Companion to Wine 4th edition ed. Jancis Robinson MW and Julia Harding MW (Oxford University Press, 2015), p1.