they are overbearing. Too much flavor. Too jammy. Too sweet-tasting. Too powerful. Too plush. They taste the same and they don’t go with food. If you are used to eating steaks slathered with ketchup, mayonnaise and all manner of secret sauce, an unadorned steak may seem devoid of flavor – until you get used to eating that way again and your taste buds recover their appreciation for subtlety and nuance. To put it another way, a marching band will always outblast a piano trio, and if you are accustomed only to marching bands, you may not appreciate the trio.That's from Eric Asimov's most recent blog about the trend toward high alcohol, high flavored California wines. Funny... he could be just as easily be writing about about Imperial/Extreme beers.
A Plea for Finesse
June 1, 2007