I enjoy both really, but my favorites have so far been dry Cabernet Sauvignons or Pinot Noirs. I began my wine experience with a cheap merlot back in the early to mid 90's, but have a hard time stomaching even the best of merlots anymore. My absolute favorite would be a early 90's Mt. Veedor Cabernet Sauvignon we lucked into back in '06. We were at a nice little grocery store in Cinncinnati, Oh. where my mother lives, called Jungle Jims and were going through their incredible wine selection and reading about nearly each one. It sounded like a great taste, so we bought 3 bottles at around $30-$40 each. We didn't have them until we returned to Florida a few days laters and fell in love. We went to a local sommelier we knew and asked him about it. He looked shocked we drank it and asked where we got it. We told him, and then how much whe he asked, and his jaw hit the floor ... a disgusting sight to be sure. He told us to order ever bottle they had at that price, because the year we had bought for $35 per bottle was really worth a few hundred a bottle and was considered Mt. Veedor's best years for that grape. He said they didn't know what they had or they would've had it under lock and key and sold for much higher.
Unfortunately, I called my mother and told her and she went to Jungle Jims, and apparently someone was quicker on the draw and had purchased all of the bottles they had in stock only a few days earlier. I nearly cried at the news ... it is truly an exquisite wine full of tanins, a hint of tobacco, and a nice dark cherry finish.
We've come across some later years recently, and they're still very good ... but they just don't compare to those bottles of ambrosia we had originally.
"A man has to believe in something ... I believe I'll have another drink."