December 15, 2003
The Blind Tasting
On December 13, 2003, the members of the 2003 Forest Avenue Wine Coop met at Gary & Carmen's to taste and evaluate this year's Cabernet Sauvignon wines against six commercial wines--including our premium 2002 Wine Coop vintage. Mark served as the MC for the wine tasting. The blind-tasting process consisted of roughly five steps: selecting five commercial wines to serve as bench marks for the new wines; placing the twelve wines to be tasted in paper bags in order to conceal their identity; tasting & evaluating each wine; making a final comparison of individual results & tallying these results; and divulging the region & vintage of each wine. This process is characterized in the pictures below.
The tasting was punctuated by Cindy's carefully selected cheeses, Sandy's salmon mousse, and delicacies & crackers provided by other coop members, which were used to clear and prepare our palates. After the tasting, we dined on Pozole, a wonderful Mexican dish prepared by our hostess Carmen, which she made from an old family recipe. Carmen also coordinated & planned much of the evening's event. Glista topped off our meal with two wonderful dessert specialties--a flourless chocolate cake and a fresh apple tart that she baked for us.
Surprises and other notable results of the wine tasting:
1) the variety that came from a region in Italy that Tim & Glista found on one of their trips received positive votes from all twelve tasters;
2) our own 2002 Wine Coop vintage tied the Hess Collection (also a Mt. Veeder Cab) with eleven votes, the second highest vote count;
3) the 2002 Wine Coop wine topped Hess in the vote for the Favorite Wine of the Night by a seven to four vote in the blind test;
4) a 1997 French Bordeaux wine received just ten votes;
5) a 14 year old wine that cost $60 in 1979 only received five votes;
6) one of our new 2003 Wine Coop wines would have received nine votes, if one were to factor-in the four votes that were not counted, because each voter was limited to only six positive votes;
7) the three new 2003 CV wines received only one collective vote, because they had a sulfur odor--possibly due to sulfur particles that were used to combat mildew in the vineyard (these wines will be remediated by our master vintner, Mark Holler).
The Favorite -- 2002 Wine Coop
final results of the tasting were as follows:
Ranking -- Wine -- Score
1 - 1997 Vino Nobile Di Montepulciano Reserva (Italian - 3yrs. In barrel) = 12