What the F*** is minerality?
Minerality as a wine term that is fairly new, and very fashionable. Minerality as a term can be used to describe red wines and white wines and you will hear wine lovers go crazy about how the minerality in this wine or that wine is just making their mouths water. So what the fuck is minerality, and what are these winos going on about?
Sorry to disappoint anybody looking for a solid, simple answer, but minerality is a broad term. It is used to describe any aroma or taste that is inorganic, be that something akin to gravel, sea-salt, or limestone. Even the smell of a sidewalk after it rains or a dusty road on a hot summer day. All of these tastes, and aromas can come under the blanket of minerality. Sommeliers, wine experts, and lovers the world over can't quite agree on what exactly it means, and science has yet to prove whether the soil vines are grown in has anything to do with the flavors that come through in the wine, so for now a blanket term is the best thing we have to use.
So how does that help me, the drinker?
Actually it really does help, just knowing the little bit about minerality will make you more mindful and open to those inorganic tastes and smells you get when you tuck into a glass of wine. Unless you spent your childhood licking gravel and drinking sea water then it can be pretty hard to hit the nail on the head to describe said taste. Minerality is a nice warm, fuzzy blanket that you can wrap yourself in. Once you start recognizing minerality in your wine, you will start noticing some pretty awesome characteristics that will deepen your love for some very interesting wines.