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General questions asked by Novices

BDD888 | Jun 15, 2011 01:01 PM

I thought I'd start a new thread for people new to wines. So that "experienced" winos who think such questions might be beneath them can avoid this thread from the start. That being said...

Zin,

You mentioned that while reviewers, other's in the industry (e.g. sommelier's) and "experienced" wine enthusiasts will describe wines with terms like "buttery & oaky", "...hints of mocha", "hints of pineapple and dark fruits" you don't actually taste any of that. Do you actually smell those aromas? And if you do yet don't taste them....why use those descriptions in the first place or at all?

Also, when people say "fine tannins" what does that mean? Does it mean the taste of tanins is mild and not overpowering?

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