June 1, 2010

Blind Tasting Fun!

Had friends over during the Memorial Day weekend for a little blind tasting. Blind tasting is perhaps the best way to refine one's ability as a taster. It removes label bias and expectations, while allowing you to simply concentrate on tasting what is in the glass.
 The wines were all sourced from my cellar. I gave my wife a dozen or so bottles from which to choose, so I had a general idea of what bottles were represented, but I had no idea of exact bottles or bag placement. It was easy to peg two of these wines by varietal and locale; the 2007 Fevre Chablis was clearly a Chablis, and the 2006 McHenry Pinot was clearly a rather high-octane and ripe California Pinot.

It was a fun and educational night.  The old blind tasting mantra, "Often wrong, never in doubt" still holds true.

2005 Arcadian Chardonnay Sleepy Hollow Vineyard - USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Lucia Highlands (5/31/2010)
Yellow, buttery color. Pear and floral notes on the nose. Rich palate shows some lemon-laced acidity. Finishes dry with some sweet tannin. Very nice. With air, there is a buttered popcorn nose and more minerality on the back side. A very nice wine. My guess is Cali Gewurtz, maybe Navarro.

2007 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis 1er Cru Montmains - France, Burgundy, Chablis, Chablis 1er Cru (5/31/2010)
Faint yellow tinge in the glass. Smells of rocks with hints of oak. Palate is sharp, big cut of acidity here. Dry, very dry. Nice and crisp. Decent power on the finish. Shows young and is primed for a better showing down the road a bit...My buddy called this one as young Chablis...good for him.

2006 McHenry Vineyard Pinot Noir Swan Clone Estate Vineyard - USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains (5/31/2010)
Screams new world on first whiff...shows baking spices, vanilla, brown sugar elements. Palate features really rich, unctuous dark cherry and brown sugar notes. Finishes slightly hot. I find it a bit too one dimensional. After the reveal...this is uncharacteristically rich for this producer.


2006 Nicolas Potel Savigny-lès-Beaune Vieilles Vignes - France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Savigny-lès-Beaune (5/31/2010)
Light red, almost garnet color. Looks older than it tastes. Palate is tight, there's almost a watery sensation to the palate. With air it shows some cranberry, but there's a lot of structure here, too. This either needs to sleep some more, or is just not that interesting. Better with the pork dish. Try again tomorrow.
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  1. man, I can't wait to (try to) get back in the swing with some tastings. Hard to do a blind with 4 wines, because the wife's out of commission and I'm not gonna drink 4 myself! We've got to put something together to get some Atlanta folks reconnected...

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  3. Joe-Most definitely time for a gathering, though I imagine you'll be a busy man for a bit.

    Jim-Thanks, I'll shoot you an email.

  4. we'll figure something out.