May 21, 2005
The Wine and good discourse web log begins! It begins with a bottle of Pinotage from South Africa. The vineyard is titled Zonnebloem and it is a 2003 vintage. I must admit it is not the best wine I've tasted, but the aroma is enchanting. It is reminiscent of a Pinot Noir. The aroma seems to consist of a pungent cherry and blackberry scent with earthy soil, tar, and light grapefruit undertones. The flavor is predominantly an earthy soil flavor with the tactile sensation of a Shiraz. The underlying flavors are that of the citric grapefruit and blackberry which squeeze through the soil flavors. The soil flavor is not one I am usually fond of in general; this is where my lack of enthusiasm comes from (with the aroma as an exception.) The Tannins of the wine make a good structure for aging (according to the bottle 5-8 years.) As of today, May 21st 2005, the tannins are a little over powering and would be better with some aging. The color is nice, also reminiscent of a Pinot Noir. A nice light ruby red mixed with hues of brown at the core. An important note: Although I encourage great discussions of wine and its properties, I am also very interested in the growth of grand discourse on any topic in general and with a specific desire to see the discourse revolve around Political, Legal, Philosophical, and potentially economic issues (as it relates to the previous three.) Thank you to anyone interested in participating!