dmcquade wrote:I think that's my problem as well ... I can taste the different flavors but I have a hard time putting a name on it. ....
DJ, If you can see the differences, the names don't really matter all that much, I think. The scents of wine, though they correlate with those aromas found in TNs, are only "shadows", i.e. though a TN may say chocolate, and the wine said of this has the same chemical compounds as which produce a chocolatey smell, the amount is still rather small compared to chocolate. So what I'm saying is that as long as you recognise the scent you're after, you can call it whatever you will, e.g. x. So a meaningful TN for you might read: x, y, z. This doesn't mean anything to anyone else, but as long as it works for you, that's fine.
Now wine jargon is just like any other jargon. You just have to find a way of correlating your x, y, z to the commonly used vocabulary. I think the best way might be to try to find correlations by reading lots of TNs. It's a tough way. So I would rather suggest that you just start scribbling and don't worry if you can't define a particular scent: a Riesling will always smell more like a Riesling than a lime, and even a short note will usually be evocative enough to get some sense of the wine even though it isn't a potpourri of adjectives.
Oh, and if Robin doesn't mind me giving a link, here's one interesting article about scents and chemical compounds and such stuff:
I don't drink wine because of religious reasons ... only for other reasons.