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A taste of wet dog


#1

I was too quick to give good public review of a certain ‘cheap as chips’ bordeaux a few weeks ago saying I liked ‘the uncomplicated simplicity of it’ or something along those lines, forgetting that true simplicity ought to be complicated: it would be too easy otherwise.

I made a bit of a fuss recently re TWS not offering the vast arrays of choice in regards to St Emilion & when I saw La Couronne 2010 I naturally assumed the Society was trying to make it up to me, so I felt obliged to try a bottle or two.

It tasted not to bad (if a little diluted, perhaps it was ‘smooth’), but alas I had finished the bottle or two quite quickly & suddenly had nothing to occupy my mind. ‘Aha!’ - remembered I of the uncomplicated cheap bordeaux & decided it was time to top up.

The uncomplicated bordeaux all of a sudden had a cracked cork & a faint taste of wet dog (though I have never tasted a wet dog, so it has to be, metaphorically speaking, an extrapolation). I thought it was just a bad bottle, so I opened another. It too had a faint taste of wet dog. Same dog at that. I must have been tricked! Or perhaps I should have given myself a bit of a gap so that the difference between St Emilion & the wine X would not be so apparent.

Since I am now at war with TWS reviwers of public reviews, I might have to rely on ‘private’ reviews where I can be more outspoken, however what if they can read my private reviews? They won’t say anything, but I know they will still judge.

On the other hand, after another glass the wet dog is not so wet now, perhaps I have over complicated the whole thing.


#2

How long was the “wet dog” decanted for ?


#3

I tend to get the first taste immediately, it helps me to understand the fundamentals - then I usually let it evolve gradually, testing it regularly against the first impression to see how it changes. Like now: two hours later I still feel at least some traces of a tiny wet dog left there, ‘perhaps it’s normal’