As I have been reading a lot of the Wine Spectator lately the honors continue to feature their writers. The verbiage about whites managed to avoid ruffling my feathers at all, with a minor exception. One reviewer, A.N., did use "a touch of wax" to describe a wine. I have never understood this descriptor and it appears regularly, if infrequently, in reviews. Wax candy lips spring to my mind, leaving a bad taste behind.
The red winner received a landslide victory. J.M. not only jumbles a bizarre melange of food references but also repels and anthropomophizes the wine.
TriVento Malbec, Lujan de Cuyo Eolo 2008 - "An ambitious wine, with ripe linzer torte, plum preserves and berry coulis fruit that's well integrated with toasty notes of apple wood and tarry mineral, leading to the long, fruit-filled finish..."
Wine can not be ambitious. If it were, we should be interviewing it and sending it on tour, not drinking it. Have you ever had unripe linzer torte...scratch that, have you ever had linzer torte? Not being a fan of most fruit pies perhaps my lack of knowledge is my own fault. But, who would take the time to make a pastry with unripe fruit? "Tarry mineral" reminds me of nothing I want in my glass. Again, personal reference comes into play it being a mere year removed from BP's debacle of tar in the Gulf. Tropical storm Lee dredged up fresh tar balls last week, exacerbating my issue with the description.