I'm a novice wine drinker. I don't have the ability to discern unique flavors in a wine and describe them the way pros do.
I actually had the pleasure of sitting down with one of the few master sommeliers in this country once. He owns vineyards in California and although it most certainly didn't transform me into a wine connoisseur by any stretch, I did come away with something very helpful coming from such a respected pro, and that was that when tasting wine, there really isn't a right and wrong with the flavors you discern. Everyone's palate is unique to themselves. There are things with looking at wine and judging it that are helpful in determine quality and what you should be looking for, but for the most part, it's always a study, and the person who appreciates wine is forever a student, in much the same way someone who cooks is always a student of the art. For such a respected man as he is in wine, I found his humility and grounded perceptions to be very refreshing as I thought I would surely be raked over the coals for making a wrong comment about what I was discerning. Not in the least. A very passionate fellow who dispelled the myths about wine people being snooty, and truthfully fed my fire for learning more about it.