The days I work from home, I create this messy little nest of necessities all around me. Here I sit at my dining room table (my office was COLD this morning) surrounded by the following items:
- laptop (of course, how else would I be writing this?)
- cordless landline phone
- cell phone
- scratch paper
- style guide
- handbook of technical writing
- coffee cup
- water glass
- empty plate from breakfast
- empty bowl from lunch
- salt and pepper shakers
- wine glass
- wine bottle
Now surely the last three items may seem a little strange for a “home office”. But this is how I roll now.
I had to do another round of 10 a.m. tasting notes this morning. And last time’s guessing game was so fun, I thought I’d offer this one up to you. It should be a little more difficult to guess. I mean come on, the last one was a no-brainer. 🙂
So here goes. In the glass, the wine is a dark purple-red. Almost opaque in the center. The nose offers dark black fruit: black cherries, plums, cassis. Also cocoa and pencil shavings. Yes, that’s right. Pencil shavings. It reminds me of September mornings in the classroom, turning that sharpener round and round, peering out the window, while teacher asks me to return to my seat.
On the palate, those black cherries are primary. Behind it, a tiny hint of vegetal… bell pepper, perhaps. A little sour cherry as well. Again with the wood… Cedar perhaps. The wine is full bodied, plush and round on the front, with a slightly chewy finish. A light tannic structure ensures that this wine will pair well with duck, beef, or lamb.
What is it?