The drink is the Francis Coppola Diamond Collection Blue Label Merlot, of the 2003 vintage. It has a great dark purpleish colour, very pleasing to just sit and swirl in the glass. My first sniff of it was rather imposing. Like seeing a huge lumbering guy dressed in a dark suit across the room and knowing that he's the one you have to walk up to. Deep, rich, complex scents filled my nose. I was seriously wondering if I'd be able to handle this -- reds being the ones that really turned me off from wine on my first try. Closing my eyes, I lifted the glass to my lips and took a sip. And waited. Where was this avalanche of flavor I smelled? Where was the punch of grapes that would knock my on my ass? I tasted something, sure. A slight bit of bite, but not much at all. Very light flavors of . . . I don't know. Certainly grape, sure. It is a red wine, after all. But there's also something else. Berries? I can't place it. Even still, sitting here tasting my second glass, I can't place it. All I konw is that the flavor is very rich, but not overpowering. There are plenty of subtleties to it. Layers of flavor there which I can sense but I can't seperate enough to pin down. It's like walking up to the body-building bouncer in a suit, and finding he has a soft voice with a slight brittish accent, likes to quote philosophy, and is an ardent pacifist. This wine goes down easy, doesn't taste very sour, and I'm not hiccuping! well, not yet, at least. :) Not sure I'd use it for just sitting around the house drinking, though.
I should make an icon for this stuff..... hrmmm..