I’ve been reading about linguistics and wine terminology, so a wine I tasted this evening caught my attention. I’ve heard the terminology “herbaceous” in relation to wine. I’ve also heard of wines tasting of “green pepper”. I’ve read about both and thought, “Really?”
Never have I tasted a wine exemplifying those characteristics, even remotely. But Simply Naked’s “Unoaked Cabernet Sauvignon” is exactly that. It’s a little odd at first, I must admit, but the combination of tannic mouth-feel, intense grape and not-so subtle green pepper is surprisingly appealing.
That being said, the marketing blurb on the back isn’t quite fitting to my palate:
…Our winemaker has chosen not to oak age the wines, allowing the crisp fruit flavor and the true varietal characteristics to shine through. Simply Naked Cabernet Sauvignon is a full-bodied, fruit forward wine with an explosion of plum and black cherry flavors.
I taste neither plum nor black cherry, which is unfortunate. I like both. But I get the “full-bodied” and am on board with “fruit forward”. I’m guessing “it tastes a lot like a bell pepper” doesn’t sell a lot of wine!