Okay, so I'm pretty new to this wine thing. Well, maybe not SO new - I was swilling Boones Farm and Mateus in 1971 and have had a little wine with my anniversary dinner for years. But it was only a couple years ago - when I went on my first cruise - that I started actually trying to learn about wine. Since then, I have gone to 12 or 15 fairly serious wine tasting classes and I have been trying to educate my palate and learn a little of the vocabulary. For Christmas, 2006, my son and wife bought me a wine-making experience at a local on-premises kit wine shop. That got me hooked on making wine from kits, which I have now done 15 times - but in my own home, where I have a little more control over the process. Then, accumulating all that cheap wine got me interested in a cellar, so I acquired a Vinotemp 500EC from Costco that now has more than 300 bottles in it.
This, however, is my first attempt at articulating my wine experience and trying to determine what I am drinking, so here goes.
I have a red dot. I took it to our weekly movie night at the house of some friends and shared it with one other newbie oenophile. I first noted the smell of the cork, which came across as strong black cherries to me. Then we poured some in a glass and I filled my nose with it. I got the cherries still, but with a strong hint of eaux d' chip seal and a whole lot of earthy aromas. And spice. Strong, dark spice. When I tasted it, the asphalt was still there, but more subtle. The spice and earthiness really took over and I was struck by a fairly long, tannic finish. I honestly didn't expect to have any idea what I was drinking, but I ended up quite convinced I was drinking a very nice, but oh-so-unsubtle, Zinfandel. My buddy, on the other hand, was strongly leaning toward Merlot. I think he is full of carp, but, in all honesty, I have to admit he is as likely right as I am.
Anyway, Zinfandel is my guess for the red dot.