First, my wife says she was not proud when she identified the odour of the offending wine as that of a wet basement. On the contrary, she was surprised, if not astounded, she got it right.
Second, my wife wanted me to point out that while the wine smelled of a wet basement, our basement is in fact bone dry. The wine smelled like a wet basement because it was corked, not because the basement where it rested for a number of years was wet.
To elaborate, cork taint in a wine is not caused by wetness in its place of repose, it is caused by exposure to chlorine without adequate cleansing.
Hopefully this addendum is sufficient that I may return from the realms of the dog house.
P.S. I believe the best tasters are those who have no prior training in wine, who also happen to be female.
This sounds like a topic for a future posting.
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