It's critic bingo! ("Taught With Tension")

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Re: It's critic bingo! ("Taught With Tension")

#1251 Post by John Morris » November 22nd, 2020, 10:25 am

Some wines take their learning well -- well enough to garner 98 points from Suckling.

Here's the 2019 Chacra Pinot Noir Cincuenta y Cinco per Sherry-Lehman:
... Taught with tension, minerality and neutral oak, this Pinot is breathtaking in its purity of fruit. ...
Studies show, however, that teaching is more effective if it takes place in a less tense environment.

And I shudder to think what "taught with ... neutral oak" might mean. Sounds like corporal punishment. I thought that was prohibited in schools these days.

If they meant "taut with tension," that would be redundant, and I have no idea what "taut ... with neutral oak" would mean. In any event, the wine is aged in second, third and fourth-use barrels, according to Sherry-Lehman's product listing, and second and (probably) third-year barrels typically aren't neutral.
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Re: It's critic bingo! ("Taught With Tension")

#1252 Post by RichardFlack » November 22nd, 2020, 10:50 am

Tightrope instructor.

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Re: It's critic bingo! ("Taught With Tension")

#1253 Post by GregT » November 22nd, 2020, 11:38 am

Taught with tension is fantastic.

Rather than hinting at nuance, or rising vertically, or existing in dimensions, it's now instructing us! Teaching.

I imagine the wine must be like Charlton Heston - standing alone to face the crowd, sweating, teeth clenched, delivering the lesson of a lifetime - "this Pinot is breathtaking - and woe betide the unbelievers!"

Brilliant reviewer!
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Re: It's critic bingo! ("Taught With Tension")

#1254 Post by John Morris » November 22nd, 2020, 11:44 am

RichardFlack wrote:
November 22nd, 2020, 10:50 am
Tightrope instructor.
And if you lose your balance and fall, you'll be whacked with a stick. But it will have been seasoned for at least two or three years.
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