Older male who for years never understood the nuances of buying, serving and drinking wine. For some reason, I discovered this great pasttime and have been reading whatever I can get my hands on online. I prefer a lighter to medium body red wine, with a clear and identifiable fruit and spice fragrance and taste. I like a clean and silky mid-palate experience with a lingering warm and spicy, low tannin (not bitter) medium finish, knowing there is alcohol but not being overwhelmed by its presence. I have discovered that pinot noir best matches my tastes and attitude towards wine for the time being. This could change as my tastes develop, or it may not. Time and further exploration will tell. I have begun to understand that wine, like a river, never stands still - that it evolves, not only over years, but in the moment of being appreciated, as well as over hours until it is gone. I have yet to taste more than one bottle of any one wine. After experiencing one, I try another. I have begun to understand that some wines need more attention than others. Some need to be swirled more, some decanted for minutes and others for hours. Some wines need a day. This is why I will likely try most wines more than once, and some may become a staple - once I have tackled enough to know when to make that decision.
Its subtlety, its character, its changeability, its need to be cared for and understood, its international flair, the art of its dressing, the quest for preference against the challenge of cost, the mulitplicity of its existence, its history and culture,