wine tasting on altoids
as part of my half-hearted effort to acquire a veneer of professorial sophistication, i once attended a small wine tasting. unsophisticated lad that i am, i popped a curiously strong mint before tasting anything. bad idea. my impressions of the wines went something like this:
dudley quine - 2002 montevideo cabernet sauvignon. this 100% cabernet sauvignon tastes like a pep-O-mint life-saver. it is dark purple in color, full-bodied, and complex. but mostly minty.
pine stables - 2001 mitterwald reserve. a minty-fresh bouquet of sugar, cranberry, and mint chocolate chip ice cream. its silky texture features a mid-palate of spearmint. like a mojito, but purple.
arnold layne - 2002 chardonnay. this napa chardonnay is a breezy blend of tic-tac flavors. a hint of mentos on the finish highlights the wintergreen. clean and curiously strong notes at the end. very minty.
soderholm - 2003 late harvest semillon. an inviting nose of winter-fresh fruits and colgate toothpaste. the texture is seamless with a balance of minty sweetness, minty fruit, and an underlying minty acidity.
summer's eve - 2002 napa valley merlot. powerfully and dramatically minty with aromas ranging from candy cane to wintergreen. the palate is soft and minty, finishing with round julep tannins.
david watts - 2003 north coast sauvignon blanc. medium straw in color. aromas of peppermint with hints of fresh lemon and mint leaves. on the palate, notes of junior mint, with a dry, minty-fresh finish.
the wines were ok, i guess, but they all sort of tasted the same. i guess i need a more refined palate. maybe if i'd gone for cinnamon altoids instead...