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Beau in a post titled Brown Spice-Accented Peaches had a great discussion going last week about the style of certain writers tasting notes. I found a couple of poetic tasting notes in a Spanish/English wine magazine; inspiring.

"We stand before two very different landscapes. The warm Aconcagua and the cold Patagonia. But between them is a perfect, magical, cordilleran balance. A fresh, tasty lamb and a mature, structured wine. This Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdoit blend is a true backpacker. Despite its lineage, it has no problem sitting around a fire to share a roasted lamb leg eaten with the hands and no napkins, just a handful of herbs. The red and black wild berries, dry leaves and spices complement a body as round as the full moon and the intense flavours of the lamb. A slight menthol touch seals the marriage, pleasing those who prefer to cover the meat with mint-based sauces, trying perhaps, like a woman in age denial, to conceal the traces of time." For a Von Siebenthal Carabantes, 2003.

"This dish yearns for a Chardonnay, but I resist the temptation with all my might. I cannot conceive a rarity as tuna fish from Easter Island in the hands of such an abused variety, so I opt for a Sauvignon Blanc from Leydia. The overwhelming acidity combines with a lively citrus background that supports controversial melted butter; tropical fruits and vanilla0ice-cream-over-wafer-flutes notes. In the mouth the wine does not wreck; instead, it docks in the palate with its sails fully deployed. The barrel contribution intertwines with the toasted fish notes, while the minerality and natural acidity that bring back the cold Humboldt waters are a perfect match for the still beating tuna center." For a Carces Silva Sauvignon Blanc Amayna Barrel Fermented 2004.

But if you are after something a little more succinct try http://redwinehaiku.blogspot.com/ with such gems as
Fat luscious droplets
Another Spanish hat trick
Three grapes & five stars

For Panarroz Jumilla 2003 (Spain). Superb.

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