What makes a wine good and what makes a wine bad? I think most people have preferences but a lot of times with wine generally red wine drinkers all can agree when a good wine is a good wine. Now bad on the other hand gets more complicated. There are two types of bad wines. The first one is a “gone bad wine.” This is a wine that may smell like vinegar or a musty dog, which is usually caused by two reasons. The first scent being that too much air has gotten to the wine (i.e. storing the wine improperly or leaving the bottle open for multiple days). The second is because of the cork.
So what about a just generally bad tasting wine? This is when we start to go back to preference so I am sorry that this is a spoiler alert but this brings us to Naked Wines‘ 2012 F. Stephen Miller Angel Reserve Shiraz. This wine is, like all Naked Wines’, exclusively made for wine club members.
Also, like with all Naked Wines’, there are not tasting notes so let’s skip ahead.
Color – Deep, red with some brightness to it.
Nose – Young leather with black pepper and cinnamon. Very pleasant.
Taste – Jammy on jam with some plum and toast notes.
Finish – Medium with medium to high acid and low tannins.
Overall, this is the first wine in my entire life that was “difficult to drink” and I put that in quotes because my wive said it first. It just kept layer jam on top of jam that at a certain point I really craved peanut butter just to break the taste. It had a great aroma but you have to eat with this wine to cut it like a chaser after a shot. I would not recommend this wine. This is literally one of my few actually bad wines.