I read an article the other day and I thought it was very thought-provoking. It speaks about wine reviews and how the terms and descriptors are intimidating to the average wine buyer. Given that this is a wine review site, meant to help people make successful (for their own tastes) wine choices, I’m quite interested in feedback from the readers here.
The article covers a new approach to wine tasting notes and I would encourage you to read it before commenting; only so that both sides of the situation will be presented to you, and not just my very short opinion below.
My thoughts regarding “traditional descriptors” are they help me to make a decision based on the actual flavor profile of the wine. When someone says “black fruit” they have my attention, less so with “red fruit”. If someone says “bright, tart, cherry” I slowly back away…for me “spices, rich & velvety” are all inviting terms, while “grassy, bell pepper, sweet, cloying & tart” are a sign to put down the bottle.
The article comes from the opposite perspective, indicating that many people feel that wine descriptors are intimidating and more of rhetoric than use. I actually find traditional wine tasting notes very helpful (and the alternative options presented really uninformative, for what I’m trying to learn about a bottle of wine).
How do you feel? This GO wine blog covers the vast spectrum of the wine buying consumer; everyone from the oenephile who wants a good bargain, to someone who just wants to know “if a wine is good” before they buy. Are you intimidated by traditional wine terms? Do you find them useful? Do you use alternative methods when you describe a wine?
I’m interested in thoughts across the board here, because the purpose of this blog is to help you find a wine that suits your tastes, needs or wants.