Boy do I have a lot to learn about wine! Tonight’s choice was a shiraz from the south of France, from the Tortoise Creek winery. I’ve been testing myself…trying on my own to identify the ‘nose’ and taste; then checking the web site and my Opimian tasting notes to find out what I should be smelling/tasting that I’m not.
OK, so I did smell fruit jam and after several attempts I detected smoke. I also smelled bread dough (neither of the tasting notes mention dough). But truffles? I don’t even know what truffles smell like. And bramble? What’s that supposed to smell like?
Then it was on to taste. I could taste fruit, coffee, chocolate, soft tannins and pepper. But I also tasted a number of things I had no words to describe.
So here’s the question for all you wine experts out there…how am I supposed to learn to put into words what I’m smelling and tasting? Apart from chowing down on bits of oak, bramble, grass, dirt, etc. how am I supposed to learn to identify these flavours in a glass of wine?
I’m pretty much starting from ground zero here, so bring on the advice. Meanwhile, I’ll just have another glass of Tortoise Creek shiraz, which I’m quite enjoying, despite my inability to unlock all its secrets.