Vineyard | Benton City, WA | June 2019

I’m always curious when wine lovers specify the tastes bursting from a single sip. Fruit flavors make sense, of course. But cedar bark? Wet gravel? When and how would your tastebuds experience musty cardboard? It seems unlikely that four friends sharing a bottle could nod in agreement: “Yes, burnt rubber.” But tastes are elusive and tongues imprecise. Which explains the blue cheese phenomenon — for some it’s “ambrosia,” for others “sweaty feet.”