Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this robust shade incorporates the warmth and richness of a tastefully fulfilling meal, while its grounding red-brown roots point to a sophisticated, natural earthiness. What’s your gut reaction to their choice? It’s December, which signals not just Christmas, but the high holiday for color lovers: Pantone’s Color of the Year announcement. A reddish-brown that’s rich and earthy — and a complete departure from the brightness of past years’ picks. (Image credits: Dabney Frake; Pantone) Meet Marsala. Radiant Orchid raised a few eyebrows in 2014.