My ears perked up when I heard it. "This wine is austere," said the taster. "And that's not a good word in my book." The other tasters nodded in agreement. Keep in mind that the knock against "austere" wasn't that it's uncommercial—which is doubtless true—but that austerity in wine is undesirable, even a flaw.
For the full article, check out the new issue of Wine Spectator, on newsstands February 21, 2008.
Do you have a Wine Spectator magazine subscription? Save 50% on your Online Membership right now!
Passionate about wine? Wine Spectator magazine is looking for an enthusiastic copy editor in the New York office.
Sips & Tips | Wine & Healthy Living
Video Theater | Collecting & Auctions
New! Ratings Flash