I've never joined in with the Wine Blogging Wednesday bloggers, but this week's theme intrigued me. The assignment for Wine Blogging Wednesday #16: purchase a bottle of wine strictly because of the label.
I have longed to design a wine label myself: maybe one day I will get the chance. On a visit to the best package store in the county (K Wine & Spirits, behind Gayle's Bakery in Capitola), this bottle caught my eye. Why? Right there on the label: "Dryfarmed." (Anyone care to buy a hyphen?) Jesse, my friend who works at K, and who is all about red wine, recommended the DeRose wines in particular: he said they're hot right now. There were a few kinds, and I went with the least expensive, the 2000 Cabernet Sauvignon ($20).
One thing in particular I liked was the description on the back, probably unnecessary for true wine lovers, which included dishes that this wine might complement. (Alas, I foolishly did not photograph the back, nor did we save the bottle.)
Well, I'm going to flunk Wine 101, because I took absolutely no notes: Bob and I had this wine with our dinner. We enjoyed it a lot, and I would buy it again (next time I'm in the market for a $20 bottle of wine, that is, which isn't often). I did notice the flavor being more intense than most reds. I would say: jammy, earthy, and maybe I just imagined it, but tomatoe-y flavors were in there, too. For a Cabernet, it lacked that quality I particularly enjoy: that musty/musky flavor that big reds often have.
There was another reason I chose this one: I love roses. They are the first plant I didn't kill. They are the flowers of Aphrodite, Mother Mary, and Eve. And you know, I'm all about Eve: she replaced Lilith in the Garden of Eden, and I like that.
By the way, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DERRICK.