it mean when a wine has 'banana tastes' or 'nutty overtones'?
a wine be honey-like?
Why do pepper
and chocolate and blackberry and gooseberry get mentioned on
the back of wine labels?
really currants and strawberries and peaches and butter and
vanilla in wine?
wine was made from grapes!
here is interesting. While various grapes are certainly the
dominant element in all wines, vintners search for ways to make
their wine (whether it be a Chardonnay or a Cabernet Sauvignon)
different from the wines of all other vintners. Soil, climate,
location, sun, water, and the aging process, these all determine
the taste of the grape and the quality of the wine, but vintners
look for something more.
As a result,
all wines contain chemical compounds that actually resemble,
or are identical to, many fruits, nuts and other flavors. So
it should be no surprise that some reviewers latch on to these
'flavor words' as they try to best convey and describe the various
actual fruits, berries, spices themselves ever mixed-in with
the grapes? Of course not!
is often stuck trying to describe the attributes of wines and
needs to rely on tastes and textures that are most familiar
to the readers and to other wine tasters. These descriptions
act as markers for the reviewer. They allow for comparisons
and contrasts between different wines and serve as a way to
remember a wine from year to year and vineyard to vineyard.
if you don't taste those same nutty textures, don't smell that
pungent fruit, don't feel the cinnamony texture? Relax. Enjoy
your own taste buds.