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LOVED a particular wine... now what?

abowes | Mar 10, 2007 05:17 AM

This will probably teach me to do a better job of keeping record of my purchases and reactions. I'd been trying, but obviously not hard enough...

A couple of nights ago, I opened a bottle of 2003 Veramonte Primus (a Chilean blend of Merlot, Cab and Carmenere). I really really really liked it... it really drove home how little I've liked a lot of what I've tasted lately.

I think I can figure out my options for obtaining more of this particular wine. (The lesson on record-keeping ... I don't know when or where I bought it, nor how much I paid, although I usually do record when and how much, I've been slack of late.) My problem is that I don't know how to articulate what it is about this wine that I love so much. So, I don't know what to say to my local shop vendor to help him guide me to other bottles I'll love.

Which leads to two questions: a) If you know this wine, do you have any thoughts on what the probable descriptors are that distinguish it? and b) How do I learn how to articulate what I'm tasting? (Beyond "practice"... e.g., are there excercises/experiments that are helpful?)

I usually use "big, bold, jammy... pepper, cedar, spice". Is there more I could/should be saying? Less?

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