Thursday, September 2, 2021

What Is An Ethereal Wine?

 The definition of 'ethereal' is 'extremely delicate and light in a way that seems not to be of this world'. This does not quite capture when a wine is spoken of as ethereal. When applied to wine, ethereal means light and delicate, often silky, but also intense. It is a descriptor of the texture of the wine. A long lifting finish (peacock's tail) also adds to a wine being ethereal, as the flavours seem to sail into a very pleasant oblivion. The grape variety which can express this best is Pinot Noir. Barolo is sometimes described as etherial, but strong tannins often break the spell.

I was reflecting on this as I drank a bottle of the 2013 Ata Rangi Pinot Noir. It expresses this texture and finish perfectly (97 points).   


kr1 said...

To the descriptions you have noted, I also add a perception of intense poise and presence on palette which doesn't go away. It makes one want to pick up a favourite book or bring up a particular piece of music that enhances and in turn is enhanced when coupled with having the wine.

Alontin said...

Interesting. I can relate to that

Baz said...

The perfect descriptor for Ata Rangi PN!