The Seventh Element of Greatness: Choreography


In this blog, I want to talk about what I consider the seventh Element of Greatness: Choreography.

So far, I’ve blogged about Distinctiveness, Precision, Balance, Connectedness, Complexity and Non Fruitedness.

Since writing the f
irst edition of The Wine Bible, I have thought a lot about this aspect of great wine. Yet, what I’m about to describe has virtually never been talked about in any sort of wine writing.

Choreography is wine’s fifth dimension. It’s the way a wine’s flavors appear to move physically and spatially. Does the wine appear to “grow” or blossom in the mouth? Does the wine almost attack the palate with explosive flavors, then crescendo and fade out in a slow ooze?

Does the wine move with broad sweeping brush strokes? Or is it precise and pointillistic, like the tiny dots in certain Impressionist paintings? As my friend the importer Terry Theise would say, does it feel like Swedish massage or Shiatsu?

One thing would appear true: the finest wines are multi-dimensional on the palate. There are wave lengths of flavor, force, volume and velocity. In my experience, when the choreography of a wine is spellbinding, you’re in the midst of a great wine.

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