While it's difficult for writers to come up with classy phrases to describe the parade of premium wines, some sentences are far out. Grumpy Editor, who enjoys an occasional white zinfandel from California's Napa Valley, was impressed with wine expert Robert Parker's vivid description of Australia's Tait 2004 the Ball Buster Proprietary Red.
Parker gives that south Australian wine 93 points (or excellent), highest of the seven wines he reviews in the Oct. 2 issue of BusinessWeek. He cites the wine's "bigness, boldness and a dramatic display of fruit and intensity," then adds: "If you want something delicate, restrained and understated, steer clear of this locomotive that crashes over the palate with a flamboyant display of blackberry and cassis fruit, licorice, tar and spicy oak."
Wow! Even without a full translation, we certainly need something like that to spice up backyard barbecue gatherings.
Quick research provides a clue as to the punch behind that wine (which is a lofty 15.6 percent alcohol). The winemaker's name is Bruno.