Weirdest Tasting Notes in Wine Reviews
Sorry if a similar thread exists, I searched and didn't see one, so..... I read a review yesterday of a California pinot in which the reviewer (besides the usual berries, etc.) described notes of "gun metal" "rubber tires" and "creme brulee". Yikes! Anybody have other strange ones?
I have lost it over time, but back before there was an Internet, someone posted some great tasting notes on alt.food.wine (Usenet), on a red Burgundy. He/she went into wonderful detail such as "essence of the felt in the case of a Stradivarius violin case," "reminds me of the sharp keys on a well-tuned Steinway - only the sharp keys!" I rolled for an hour, as they went on, and on. I feel that the poster's tongue was very firmly in their cheek, but it was great reading, none the less.
You know, I have not dropped by in some years. About the time that Adobe dropped NTTP, I really stopped using a news reader.
My other favs., both on Hawaii, digressed to just Liberal vs Conservative, and then there were the tons of spam.
I just flat lost interest, though I do miss many of the folk from alt.food.wine. I wish them all the best, and doubt that they have missed me.
"Gun metal" and "creme brulée" are all CLASSIC descriptors for various wines -- the latter especially used with dessert wines -- and "rubber tires" is often used as a slightly less obnoxious descriptor than "burnt rubber," thus suggesting a lower concentration of mercaptans in the wine being so described.
You want REALLY WEIRD descriptors??? Well, ones that I've used include . . .
From "Late Harvest: Wine History of the Santa Cruz Mountains," © 1983, written by Michael Holland, with Charles Sullivan, and Jason Brandt Lewis, contributing editors:
"1981 Cook-Ellis Santa Maria Chardonnay: . . . off-aromas in the nose show volatile acidity and turpentine, oxidized fruit, brussels sprouts . . . " (p. 41)
"1981 Silver Mountain Monterey Chardonnay, Ventana Vineyards: . . . opulent fruit and oak fill out the aroma with a touch of pumpkin . . ." (p. 52)
From "TASTE" magazine -- I can't find the specific issue but circa 1986-1988:
"1983 Silver Mountain Monterey Chardonnay, Ventana Vineyard: . . . smells like dead-daisy water . . . "
Not about a specific wine, but in a review of Chateau Julien that I did for "Notes from the Grapevine," on Monterey (California) radio station KBOQ, I wrote that the owners "made their money in the oil business and it shows in the winery."
There are many more examples, but it's beautiful outside right now, so . . . .