Thursday, August 27, 2009

Hot intensity

Intensity in wine...I use that term a lot, but I can't figure out a way to explain what it means to my friends.

A few weeks ago, I was sharing a bottle of German pinot noir with a friend, and I was trying to impress on him the fact that while it was a lean wine, it still had intensity of flavour. He understood texture, weight, and flavour impressions - it was intensity that was confusing. I described an intense wine as a wine with very focused flavours. There I go with yet another ambiguous term.

Focus and intensity. I'm really a bit stumped about how to explain that concept. Think about it like a person. An intense person doesn't necessarily have the loudest, or the flashiest personality. It's a quality of how they say things, how they do things. Same with wine. An intense wine doesn't need to be heavy or powerful. But there's just that quality of taste that makes a huge impression on your palate.

This would work much better with a glass in hand.

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