When doing a wine tasting, the first characteristic that we examine is the color of the wine. Although mere appearances can only tell you so much about a wine’s flavor, these visual cues can hold important and interesting information.
Here are some things to look for on three of our favorite reds: the 2008 Fusion, the 2008 Syrah, and the 2008 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon.
Can you spot the differences between these three gorgeous wines?
2008 Rick and Debbie. This wine is sheer along the edges, but forms a deep, opaque color at the center of your glass. Its garnet color reveals that it is at the peak of its maturity. Because this blend has added Merlot, a grape that yields lighter colored wine, and has been fined in egg white, the color is lighter, reflecting the graceful drinkability of the wine itself.
2008 Matthew. This mahogany-colored wine is also very opaque, with a rich, black center. Although this wine is delicious now, its tight rim variation suggests that it may get even better with a few years in your wine cellar.
2008 Caroline. This Syrah has a rich black color with a hint of purple, suggesting a full bodied wine that is in the prime of its maturation period. At the edge of the wine, a magenta color is visible.