Monday, June 7, 2010

How'd that dill pickle get in my wine?

Just a quick post - last night was at a restaurant with friends and one of them had the Ravenswood Zinfandel - Vintner's Blend. I was offered a sip (never turn down free wine!) and the wine was delicious, so I ordered a glass, and so did another couple at our table. When we were ready for a refill the server told us they were out of the Ravenswood, but brought us a Rosenblum Vintner's Cuvee Zinfandel to taste and see if we wanted glasses of that. (AGAIN - never turn down free wine!) The first thing I tasted was dill, took another sip, yep - the dill outweighed any fruit in the wine. I offered my dining companion a sip - she looked at me and said, "When you mention an aroma in a wine, I don't always get it, but WOW - this is definitely dill!" 

I have experienced the dill pickle notes in wines only once before - and that was at last year's Dallas ZAP (Zinfandel Advocates and Producers) event. A whole lot of dill in that room that day! I emailed ZAP a couple of days later and they emailed back a list of flavor descriptors for Zinfandel... Nope, dill was NOT on the list. But, last night's wine experience confirms for me that dill is definitely flavor/aromatic note in some Zinfandels. I'm not certain whether it's the wine, the oak, the toast on the oak, or what -  but somehow it's the perfect storm that culminates in the feeling that you have a dill pickle in your glass!  After looking at the Wine Library TV post (  http://forums.winelibrary.com/viewtopic.php?f=25&t=2947&p=47762&sid=467c5673ae47c99492f093d3961e0460 )  - they experienced the dill phenomenon in Silver Oak Cabernet... So, it must be the oak..

Another reference to dill in wine was from WineSchool.com: Many wines will display distinct or nebulous ("what is that flavor?") spicy flavors such as dill, basil, or the like.

I would disagree with that... to me dill is more "herbal" than spicy. When I think of spicy in wine, my mind goes to black pepper, white pepper, or to the realm of baking spices, like cinnamon, clove, allspice, mace, nutmeg, etc.

Whatever ~ Let me know if you have ever had a "pickle in a glass" experience!
Oh, the Ravenswood Vintner's Blend Zinfandel - YUMMY, rich, dark, smooth and mouthfilling, with a touch of oak. $11 @ World Market!

Find it ~ Buy it ~ Try it ~ Love it!
Salud` KathyD

1 comment:

Perry Morris said...

We just returned from a trip to Australia. At a winery on the Mornington Peninsula famous for their cool climate whites we were tasting some Chardonnay. My wife looked at me and said what do you smell? I said pickle juice? Yep! We're not wine aficionados but you couldn't miss that aroma! We were told it's a wine herbal aroma associated with dill.

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