Primary red, this label, and the wine, fresh-drawn,
plucked from the bottle, tumbling tinto, into the glass.
Swirled, streaked ruby by overhead lights, bubbles
bright with hints of garnet, purple, brick at meniscus.
Sniffed, it smells of warm autumn days, scintillating
leaves, just crisping, turning color, and fruit all ripe.
Tasted: fruit bursts into hints of raspberries,
strawberries, spices, a touch of garrigue, mysterious.
Wine descends like water on a dry, hot, dusty day,
or rain after drought, when thirsty lands lap up
liquids, and rejoice in moisture’s blessings.
Raised now the glass, vineyard and vintners toasted,
midnight greeted, saluted the old day past and gone,
welcomed the fresh day walking in, swaddled, new born.