I agree, Chaim Shraga, that laundry lists of descriptors often seem pretentious, but the novice should understand that these are simply ways of communicating a differentiation between similar wines. I agree with you that the major differences between reference wines of different types may only be one or 2 descriptors. When tasting blind, then, one attempts to associate a region or grape type, or even a producer, even when not knowing what one is tasting, and then one is either correct, or is pleasantly surprised, when things are not as they seemed. Yes, laundry lists are daunting and seem pretentious to non-wine people, who often are drawn to the other aspects of tasting notes- remembered experiences, and feelings, invoked by the aromas and flavors, social context, etc. But it is not only the non-wine-people or novices who get off on such things. Personally, I enjoy reading them myself.