Sometimes wine doesn’t smell and taste like it should right out of the bottle..
Sometimes you get cork taint, and even that can be difficult to detect..
Tasting wine takes practice and experience, but anyone can figure out wine – it’s more about understanding what a wine normally tastes like and how outside factors such as a faulty cork, overheating and wine production issues ultimately effect the wine.
One conclusion I’ve come to is it’s better to drink wine younger rather than aged – many faults occur from aging and/or are accentuated. Drink younger and fresher wines, and you’re more likely to enjoy the fruit and lively acidity, with older wines, you never know..but there are rewards to aging!
Charlie “I Drink on the Job” Adler