Wine Club Tasting Panel – Results for 2012 Selections

Three of the brave volunteers identifying wine characteristics from a black glass. With no visual cues, even telling white from red is tough!

Though I enjoy the task of selecting wines for our wine club members and online customers, it’s always nice to get their direct feedback.  So on Tuesday night of this past week I hosted 20 of them to participate in this year’s tasting panel.  They dutifully sniffed and sipped more than 30 wines – wines that are likely candidates for next year’s wine club selections.  

The experience was great fun for everyone and very useful for me.  Each tasting panel participant was invited to post their real-time comments to Twitter as a convenient and public way to track their opinions.  See the complete results by searching on @sidewayswines #DTWM next time you’re in Twitter.  

Or just read through the highlights I’ve posted below, beginning with the hands-down favorites I call the “No Brainers”, followed by other wines with sufficient ratings to have earned their way into our rotating portfolio before being parsed into their relevant wine club shipment based on price and varietal.

Dave the Wine Merchant - candidates for 2012 selections

No Brainers!

  1. Drew Family, 2009 Pinot Noir, “Fog Eater” $44.  The top vote-getter of the night.
  2. Mary Elke, 2009 Pinot Noir “Boonville Barter”, $17.  “Tremendous value”
  3. Violet-Green, 2006 Bordeaux Blend “Ultra-Violet”, Alder Springs Vyrd.  $26 (now a December selection for the “Collectible Selections” members – join here)
  4. Phillips Hill, 2009 Pinot Noir, Wiley Vineyard.  $39
Secondary Selections
  1. Scarpetta, 2010 Pinot Grigio, $19.  “Perfect for a ‘Deck Vacation” on a hot summer evening”
  2. Kynsi, 2007 Syrah, Edna Valley,  $28.
  3. Obsidian Ridge, 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Hills, $31.
  4. Violet-Green, 2006 Cabernet Franc, Alder Springs Vyrd.  $29.
  5. Kynsi, 2008 Pinot Noir, Edna Valley, $32.
  6. B. Kosuge, 2009 Pinot Noir, Manchester Ridge Vyrd, $44
  7. Lacuna, 2010 Syrah/Petite Sirah, $28 (A December selection for the “Red-Only Collectible Selections” members – join here).  “Needs time, but a serious wine”
  8. 3rd Ave, 2009 Zinfandel Mendocino, $15.  “Great Value!”
There were a number of other “Fence Sitters” that may be called into duty, as they tended to be divisive wines with no consensus that drove intense opinions on both sides – exactly the type of interesting wines I like to throw into the mix!  
I thank all participants in this most successful event – both the tasting panel and those who submitted their wines for consideration.  So, until next year…
Dave “the Wine Merchant” Chambers

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