Thu Feb 23

Wine Tasting, Feb 23rd 2017

Blind Tasting Buddies, 8pm Session

  1. ’12 Cloudy Bay, Chardonnay, Marlborough, South Island, NZ
  2. ’14 Cakebread Cellars, Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley, California, US
  3. ’99 P.S. Bäumler Becker, “Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spätlese” Riesling, Bernkastel, Mosel, DE
  4. ’14 Bodega Colomé, “Vino Blanco de Gran Altura” Torrontés, Valle Calchaquí, Salta, AR
  5. ’13 Four Roses, “Small Batch, Limited Edition, Barrel Strength” Bourbon, Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, US
  6. ’13 Trefethen, Cabernet Sauvignon, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley, California, US
  7. ’11 Château Clinet, “Fleur de Clinet” Merlot Blend, Pomerol, Bordeaux, FR
  8. ’01 Bodegas Faustino, Tempranillo Blend, Rioja “Gran Reserva”, Oyón, Rioja Alavesa, País Vasco, ES (85% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano, 5% Mazuelo)
  9. ’13 Yalumba, “Old Bush Vine” Grenache, Barossa, South Australia, AU
  10. NV Brouwerij Verhaeghe, “Echt Kriekenbier” Lambic Beer, Vichte, Belgium
  11. NV Brouwerij Lindemans, “Framboise” Lambic Beer, Vlezenbeek, Belgium


  • Red Grapes, by pigment
    • Lo: Pinot, Gamay, Sangio, Nebbiolo
    • Med: Merlot, Tempranillo, Cab Franc, Zin, Corvina
    • Hi: Cab Sauv, Carmenere, Malbec, Syrah
  • Medium-pigment reds can be tricky, and appear lower or higher.
  • Group the Lo/Med and Med/Hi together for deduction.
  • Maps: Napa Valley. Draw the map with:
    • Outlines (Vaca and Mayacamas ranges)
    • Anchors (Cities of Napa and St. Helena)
    • Appellations (Bubbles)
    • Group appellations into sets of 3-4 (Diamond Mtn, Spring Mountain, Mt. Veeder)
  • Memory
    • Organize (see bubble maps)
    • Make Visuals
      • Maycamas Mountains > Diamond Mtn > Spring Mtn > Mt Veeder
      • Yo Momma > Wears Diamonds > In a hot spring > Wearing a beaver hat
  • White wines, acid vs sugar
    • Acid is a pointy triangle. Sugar rounds off the corners.
    • Conversely, acid lower the perception of sugar.
    • Kept in balance, both are necessary for deliciousness.
  • Age Ranges
    • 1-3 years (2014-2016)
    • 3-5 years (2012-2014)
    • 5-7 years (2010-2012)
    • 7-10 years (2007-2010)
    • 10-15 years (2002-2007)
    • 15-20 years (1997-2002)
    • 20-30 years (1987-1997)

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