What's this horse sweat smell?
Danny Fontana, NC: Are you familiar with a term used to describe the aroma of a wine as "horse sweat"? I am not. Curious as to your experience. me: This sounds like the characteristic smell of Brettanomyces, something that can dominate a wine if present in too high a concentration although many tasters, including Robert Parker incidentally, seem happy to tolerate low-level concentrations of it. Other tasters, such as Australian Gilbert Labour who wrote about it here recently, regard even a trace of Brett as a fault. Wines with low levels of pH, high levels of acidity, are...
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