First Time LAB RAT reporting in!
Hi Everyone, be patient, as this is my first time being a lab rat for Wine.Woot.
We were very surprised to receive a package from Fed-Ex with not one, but TWO bottles of wine. We got them on Thursday, and decided to let them sit until Saturday and Sunday for consumption. We normally drink reds, but have been branching out into whites during the last 6 months or so.
It was late on Saturday night (after 9:45pm) so we decided to start backwards with the white "Antidote" instead of the red "Poizin" due to time constraints on letting the wine breathe.
So, without further ado, here are our (myself and hubby's) VERY inexperienced wine review:
-Was refrigerated for 6 hours.
-Pop & pour: Hubby's first response "Tastes flat"
-Me: Very light scent, maybe some citrus, not a whole lot of smell coming from bottle, or the glass.
-Both: Swirl in glass, swish in mouth, first taste is alcohol. Slight amount of sweetness. We decide to let this sit for a few minutes and see what happens.
15 minutes later:
-Both: More citrus smell, but still not a lot of fragrance. Light dryness on the back sides of our tongues on the finish. Still tastes a little "thin" and there is some heat from the alcohol. Seems to be easy enough to drink, but not putting forward a lot of flavor.
-Pop & Pour: Hubby's first response "Screw Top?!?..... Hmm, smell's good, not that bad". At first opening I smelled ... Blackberries? Something yummy, smell of alcohol/heat.
-Color is deep purple/burgundy. Pretty. Swirled it around in the glass, doesn't really "stick" to the sides much.
-Nose in glass is definitely more berries, something sweet and rich smelling, maybe currants.
-Both: Tastes "finished" no green pepper or bitterness on our tongue. Definitely some heat from alcohol, but not unpleasant.
15 minutes later, and a pour through the Vinturi:
-Both smell some richness and oakiness to it. More berries. Very yummy by itself, easily drinkable without food.
We make dinner, grilled hamburgers and a handful of Ruffles potato chips.
-The wine is ok with dinner. Spicier with the food.
1 hour later:
-Both: Really like it. I can smell sweetness in the glass, with a floral undertone. But it doesn't taste overly sweet, which would be a turn off for us.
-Both: This is nice, pleasant to drink alone, needs a better match than burgers for food. Rich at first, not overwhelming.
All in all, we REALLY liked the red, and would definitely purchase it. The white was ok, not our usual favorite, might be nice and refreshing on a hot summer day, but now that it's fall.......
Being that this includes two of the red, I am definitely in for one.