Bob Ross wrote:Robin, I know it's tough to come up with a poll like this when whites and reds have different ranges. I answered for reds 12 to 14 for, but would have been much lower if I drank more whites.
Like David -- not a bad role model, BTW.
Bob Ross wrote:My answer is meaningless, or at least deeply misleading, unless one knows whether I'm answering for reds or whites.
Jenise wrote:Not to put you on the spot, but how come no overlap, Robin?
I would be willing to bet that most people on this board drink primarily red wine, and the red wines this board loves are primarily in the range of the low 12's to the mid-to-high 13's. You would know that, so it seems you deliberately designed the categories to split the average right down the middle. Is the idea to get us to commit to whether or not we'd side with slightly hotter than average or slightly cooler? I took it that way and voted cooler, but I'd have wished for odd-numbered categories and a choice like 11-13%.
I'll acknowledge it's still possible to make balanced wines at levels of alc above 15%, but they don't tend to appeal to me.
Jenise wrote:I'll acknowledge it's still possible to make balanced wines at levels of alc above 15%, but they don't tend to appeal to me.
Ian, I've just had it doubly proven that they don't appeal to me either. I recently spent three days in one of California's popular hot climate wine regions where an abv of 14% is fairly low, even for a white, and reds routinely run 15-16.5%. I did not expect to like the wines as I've hardly ever enjoyed a wine from there. I just went to have fun with friends. But over the course of three days' tasting, I got kind of used to the style and even liked a few enough to buy 8-9 bottles. Relatively few where most of my more open-minded friends bought three or more cases, but still more than zero. The wines had definitely lowered my defenses. Then on the way home, say 100 miles away and into a cooler wine region, we stopped at the home of friends of friends and they served a local pinot noir that was absolutely delicious, full of bright red fruit, vibrant acidity and probably no more than 13.5% alcohol. Tasting it was like waking up from a dream in which you found out that the person you just had sex in some dark closet was not who you thought it was--THIS was my kind of wine, not those others. And so I went to the car and pulled out a bottle of wine I'd liked enough to spend $35 on just the day before and opened it for our friends. As feared, it tasted like purple glop.
I wonder too sometimes if my experience with high-proof spirits had dulled my sensitivity to higher alcohol levels in wine?