We dined at Absinthe on Friday and ordered a bottle of Mersault ($109). It didn't smell corked, so we accepted it, even though our first sniff was unexpected. It smelled and tasted of sherry, and nobody liked it, so we called the sommelier over and asked her to smell it, telling her we just didn't know enough about that wine to know if it was "off". She smelled it, told us it was the characteristic of the wine, and did not offer to suggest something we might like more. Since we had chosen it, we felt like we were stuck with it. Even though our food was good, we left feeling like we hadn't had a great experience.
Two questions -
Is it ever okay to send back wine you don't like?
Is "overwhelming sherry" really the taste/aroma characteristic of Mersault?