See if You Can Decipher This Wine Taster’s Language
I wrote earlier that our favorite red wine is from Indiana. SuburbanHippie was slightly aghast since she is from California and just assumed all good wine came from California. I don’t know how the experts would classify Oliver Red, because I don’t know what they are talking about when they discuss wine.
I was listening to a syndicated radio program yesterday, don’t even know what the name of it was, except they were broadcasting from Disneyland. They were describing different wines in a language that is foriegn to me, but it was English.
BTW: they said we haven’t had a bad vintage year since 1990 and that 2007 would be a very good vintage. Buy now! (Warning, if you invest in wine, your cork may shrink and fall out and you may lose money.)
I decided that I would offer my opinion on a variety of wines:
- Unnatural but equally underdone Rose. Reminiscent of cottage cheese, hoppy beef jerky and bashful pungent spore. Drink quickly.
- Crisp and wicked Chenin Blanc. Forcefully bites you with cactus, arcane cheap gin and bashful ketchup. Drink now through a date to be announced later.
- Modest and freakishly evil Dessert wine. Opens with lamb shank, sweet melted crayon and scant gasoline. Drink now through April.
- Unimpressive and middle-aged Rose. Displays buttermilk pancakes, understated hot dog water and a modicum of dishwater. Drink now and forever hold your peace.
- Chunky but equally yellowed Chardonnay. Essences of pulpy orange juice, unripe Mars bar and bashful burnt rubber. Drink through a bendy straw.
- Good but equally sugary Zinfandel. Spews rancid pork, underdone C-ration and traces of bongwater. Drink now out of a tumbler.
- Overdone but sugary Cabernet. Strong toasty oak, over-ripe salt and semi-weak herbs. Should have been drunk last week.
- Hopped-up but equally big and plump Syrah. Opens with fruit punch, graceful clay and strong-willed salted beef. Drink holding your nose.
- Chunky and attractive Pinot Gris. Reminiscent of smoked oyster, boggling fungus and perceptible orange jello. Drink with orange juice chaser.
- Ready to drink almost acidic Pinot Gris. Resembles citrus, elegant pappaya and perceptible American oak. Drink now through Saturday.
I’m ready for a Miller Chill.
Great descriptions. When I asked a waiter recently what a new offering of white wine tasted like, he described it as “somewhat like slate”. I could only stare at him in wonder. Why would I want to drink wine stored with or strained through pulverized rock?
Do you have any Merlot?
Catch Her in the Wry: Sure! Whatever you want! Slate OK?
Well, only a trained palette can pick up the subtle character of wine, although if I drink a fine pinot noir you can get the hints of plums or blackberry, with a good sauvignon blanc, grassy hints. But with the affordable swill (by box) you can only pick up the subtle hints of cheap…
Hi Ralph. That’s cool, I can understand plums or blackberry, but oak, grass, slate? One of the guys said the wine had a leather bouquet – and that was good! I guess as long as you wine guys understand…
Ben and I once sat next to a girl and her date at a white wine tasting when we heard her say “It’s got a nose like Barbie feet!” And she was absolutely right — that wine smelled exactly like the rubber feet of Barbie dolls, an indelible sense memory from my childhood.
Compared to that, leather is pretty tame. If you want a nice leathery red, try some Cabernet Franc — almost impossible to find, even in California, but well worth it.
I think I could identify Barbie feet, but I would feel stupid saying it. What red do you guys like? (other than Cabernet Franc)
Oh! I’m so glad you asked! Up in California’s Central Coast area (Santa Barbara to San Luis Obispo), they make some wonderful zinfandels. (I’m not talking about white zinfandel; I mean real zinfandel.) The really good ones are often described as “fruit bombs” and as a bonus, they tend to have really high alcohol content, sometimes over 16 percent — not that the object is to get schnockered (although it doesn’t hurt!) but a high alcohol content is a good indication that a zin is a real monster with big big flavor. We aren’t so fond of cabs and merlots, as they tend to be more on the minerally and woody side than fruity. We do like syrah/shiraz though, and Ben is partial to Sangiovese.
BTW, Ben has been wine tasting all his life and is a real wine expert. His mom has an awesome wine cellar. In fact, our first date was a wine tasting. See what wine can lead to? Ten years and three kids later . . .
Wow! Sorry if I offended Ben. That’s cool to be that much into ANY hobby/avocation.
We like fruit bombs! Around here if you served a red zin people would look funny at you. White zin is all most restaurants carry/recommend.
Can you recommend a specific red zinfandel? It would be fun to try one recommended by a real oenophile (sp) keep the price around $20???