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Favorite wine adjectives?

Postby Josh » Fri Oct 13, 2006 8:31 pm

Brooding complexity

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Re: Favorite wine adjectives?

Postby Bob Henrick » Fri Oct 13, 2006 8:45 pm

drinkable :)
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Re: Favorite wine adjectives?

Postby Bob Ross » Fri Oct 13, 2006 9:49 pm

Delicious.
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Re: Favorite wine adjectives?

Postby Lou Kessler » Fri Oct 13, 2006 10:01 pm

Perky but not too aggressive.
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Re: Favorite wine adjectives?

Postby Niki (Dayton OH) » Fri Oct 13, 2006 10:05 pm

Elegant
Complex
Lingering
Balanced
Translucent
Cheers,

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Re: Favorite wine adjectives?

Postby DebA » Fri Oct 13, 2006 10:57 pm

Refined sensuality :cool:
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Re: Favorite wine adjectives?

Postby Dale Williams » Fri Oct 13, 2006 11:24 pm

I've always liked "cheap"

Most of the aforementioned are pretty good, though I confess to generally running screaming out the back door at "jammy"
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Re: Favorite wine adjectives?

Postby Dave Erickson » Sat Oct 14, 2006 12:17 am

extracted

backward

reduced

nervy

petillant

chunky

oafish
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Re: Favorite wine adjectives?

Postby Josh » Sat Oct 14, 2006 10:22 am

Fruity...yet absurd.
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Re: Favorite wine adjectives?

Postby Sam Platt » Sat Oct 14, 2006 10:23 am

Inexpensive!
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Re: Favorite wine adjectives?

Postby Howie Hart » Sat Oct 14, 2006 10:26 am

clear
balanced
aromatic
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Well...

Postby TomHill » Sat Oct 14, 2006 11:41 am

Not an adjective, per se, but my description of drinking Piedmonte Nebbiolo:
" It's like stuffing lilac petals up one nostril, violet petals up the other nostril, sealing
both nostrils with wads of hot road tar; then sticking your tongue out betwixt the jaws of a vise and torquing that sucker down"!!
And that's for GOOD Barolo/Barbaresco!! :-)
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Re: Well...

Postby Thomas » Sat Oct 14, 2006 11:47 am

Here's one that always makes me chuckle:

"gobs of fruit"

When I was a boy in Brooklyn, gob was not a good thing.
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Nope, Thomas....

Postby TomHill » Sat Oct 14, 2006 11:52 am

It's "gobs of HEDONISTIC fruit"!! :-)
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Re: Favorite wine adjectives?

Postby Thomas » Sat Oct 14, 2006 11:59 am

On second thought, gob was a noun back in Brooklyn--eeww.
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Re: Favorite wine adjectives?

Postby Bob Ross » Sat Oct 14, 2006 2:15 pm

Thomas, you may have missed my major study on the use of the word "gobs" in Parker notes; here is a brief outline. If folks are still interested, I could reprint the whole thing as a separate thread:

Introduction. This post appeared originally on Robin Garr’s Wine Lover’s Discussion Group web page (http://www.wine-lovers-page.com/forum/general), and has been re-edited and somewhat modified. The major resources were the 21,076 tasting notes in Parker's Wine Adviser and Cellar Manager, Version 3.71; this Version covers “The Wine Advocate” issues from February 21, 1992 through December 19, 1997 [nos. 70 - 114].

The thread began with a note indicating that Mr. Parker had used the word "gobs" in 856, or 4.1%, of the Tasting Notes in the database. A number of posters expressed surprise at how many times the word was used and others alluded to its unsavory meanings. This study:

1. Describes how Mr. Parker uses the word "gobs".

2. Describes the characteristics described by "gobs".

3. Collects classical meanings of "gobs".

4. Argues that Mr. Parker has created (or popularized) a new meaning "gobs".

5. Describes the appearance of "copious amounts" or "copious quantities".

6. Discusses "oodles" and other alternatives (both real and imaginary) for “gobs”.

7. Acknowledges the inspiration and help of others in preparing this study.

8. Quotes a sample of about 20% of the TNs containing "gobs of".

9. Samples occurrences of other words in the database.

It's worth mentioning that this study concluded just as other authors joined Parker in writing "The Wine Advocate". Updating to compare/contrast/exclude the notes of other authors would be exceedingly tedious. So one must recognize that the current study is not exhaustive of the Parker canon.
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Re: Favorite wine adjectives?

Postby Thomas » Sat Oct 14, 2006 2:20 pm

You amaze me Bob.

So, in your study, how many people remembered the original meaning of gob?
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Re: Favorite wine adjectives?

Postby Bob Ross » Sat Oct 14, 2006 2:28 pm

This "study" is breaking me up on re-reading, Thomas. I'll post it in its entirety down in the Friends section. It's a bit dated, but still has its moments.

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Re: Well...

Postby Lou Kessler » Sat Oct 14, 2006 4:21 pm

TomHill wrote:Not an adjective, per se, but my description of drinking Piedmonte Nebbiolo:
" It's like stuffing lilac petals up one nostril, violet petals up the other nostril, sealing
both nostrils with wads of hot road tar; then sticking your tongue out betwixt the jaws of a vise and torquing that sucker down"!!
And that's for GOOD Barolo/Barbaresco!! :-)
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I love Barolo & Barbaresco but your tasting note sounds like a moment out of The Spanish Inquisition. Or a dinner note at Guantanomo Bay.
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Re: Favorite wine adjectives?

Postby Paul B. » Sat Oct 14, 2006 7:28 pm

Totally off topic, but Randy, I was wondering: Is that a 767 or 777 in your new avatar? :)
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Re: Favorite wine adjectives?

Postby Tom N. » Sat Oct 14, 2006 10:26 pm

Expressive nose
Balanced
Fruity finish
Smooth caressing tannins

Wines I can describe like this get on my "A" list.

For an example see my recently poseted note on an Italian ripasso.
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Re: Favorite wine adjectives?

Postby Otto » Sun Oct 15, 2006 7:29 am

Fresh
Elegant
Mineral
Highly acidic
Audrey Hepburnish
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Re: Favorite wine adjectives?

Postby Thomas » Sun Oct 15, 2006 2:44 pm

Otto Nieminen wrote:Audrey Hepburnish


Otto,

Please do explain this one. Never heard it--can't imagine what it means regarding wine. Annoying? Cloying? Cute? Classy? Perky? Pretty?

One of the reasons that descriptors often fail: too many possible associations ;)
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Re: Favorite wine adjectives?

Postby Sue Courtney » Sun Oct 15, 2006 5:19 pm

Paul B. wrote:Totally off topic, but Randy, I was wondering: Is that a 767 or 777 in your new avatar? :)

You're talking about clones of Pinot Noir, right! Commonly called the Boeing clones, the avatar is just a cryptic reference to it.
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