Are tasting notes simply a matter of taste?
It seems that the more I read and write tasting notes for wines the deeper I go into experiencing wine on another level. Captivating prose flows from the bottle to the lips to the page as I fall in love with every nuance of whatever happens to be in the glass. Of course I make every effort not to sound repetitive, not to be too technical, not to be over the top fantastic in describing fermented grape juice. After all, we are all short on time and very busy indeed. So much of our stimulus is visual, quick and simpler to process on the go. If we want to keep up in today’s market, we have to stay fresh and lively. So in an Ode to Jimmy Kimmel’s interpretation of current events through Emoji, I give you …
TASTING NOTES IN EMOJI
2012 Walter Hansel Chardonnay, Cahill Lane Vineyard, Russian River Valley, CA
Antonio Galloni calls Walter Hansel “some of the most consumer friendly wines readers will come across ANYWHERE in California”, and we can’t agree more. When tasting this wine blind, I almost always place a higher value on it and then get a pleasant surprise at the true price. But numbers aside, the Cahill Lane shows all of the richness of Russian River Valley Chardonnay through a pure and simple use of the Wente Clone exclusively on this site. Brioche, buttered and topped with a dollop of apricot preserves, comes to mind. – Falling Bright notes
2011 Behrens Family Winery “Spare Me” Cabernet, Napa Valley CA
Succulent raspberry and black cherry give way to hints of tobacco, cedar, and violets. The beautiful perfume that Petite Verdot brings to the aromatics is not lost in the mix. -FallingBright Notes
Perfectly ripe tropics – pineapple, mango, passion fruit – an unctuous core finishing on a high note. There is no reason not to enjoy a sip of Sweet with a nibble of cheese – something semi-hard to hard like Pleasant Ridge Reserve or Vella Dry Jack. -Falling Bright Notes
2010 Sine Qua Non “That Type of Rosay”
Ridiculous strawberry, sage and underbrush. A full-bodied meaty expression of Grenache and Syrah with complexity, depth, and a crisp dry finish. -Falling Bright Notes
Next time you feel like your tasting notes are getting over the top and under your skin, just check back in with us for the short notes on what we’ve been tasting. We will be sure and give you the small picture(s) so you can make wise use of your time to focus on the Big Picture.
Enjoy what’s in the glass and send us a note on what you’re tasting – Emoji Style of course!
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