At our weekly tasting group this week I brought up a discussion about Ruby vs. Garnet. I have a background as a lighting designer and visual artist and had always viewed Ruby as the lighter in hue color and Garnet being the darker in hue. My group and the grid seems to differ from my understanding. Garnet is lighter and moves darker to ruby then to purple according to the grid. I'm just trying to reconcile my understanding. Any thoughts or insight? Or should I just shift my paradigm to fit with the grid?
Ive always considered these to be more a consideration of hue rather than intensity. Garnet having a red/rust approaching orange color. Ruby being a more traditional "red" with notes of blue and violet.
This is the explanation that I remember getting from the MSs that were leading our Intro course. Garnet tends to imply some browning. This then implies that the wine either has some age on it or is a lower-pigmented variety.