Describing wine: Chocolate!

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Evan Dawson
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Describing wine: Chocolate!

#1 Post by Evan Dawson » September 25th, 2010, 9:53 am

James,

Many of your tasting notes include reference to chocolate of various kinds. My understanding is that this is almost always a result of oak. Do you agree with that?

I confess I find the ubiquitous chocolate notes in Italian wines (in particular, but among others) to be boring; to me they seem to obfuscate the character of the varietal wine in the glass.

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Re: Describing wine: Chocolate!

#2 Post by James Suckling » September 26th, 2010, 2:29 am

I think you can get chocolate without oak, particularly with Merlot. May be milk chocolate is more from oak, but I haven't spent a lot of time thinking about it.

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