All corks were popped this morning and all bottles were kept open the whole afternoon. No decanting, just slow-O.
Let me say right up front that a WB darling didn’t fair very well. Only one person of the 6 voted Ridge first, one other placed it second, three put it third, and one ranked it last. We did notice it opened up a bit if left in the glass for an hour, and a couple of us do think it has aging potential. Still, not something to brag about.
The top finisher was Chappellet with 3 first place votes and 3 second place. Next came the Adaptation with 2 first place votes, 2 second place votes, and 2 third place votes. Ridge slid in after that with a significant difference between the top 2 finishers, and the Beringer brought up the rear with only one person not ranking it last - and that person voted it next to last.
Honestly, I expected the Beringer to fall as flat on it’s face as it did. A few of our ‘judges’ have had wine tasting classes and are Bordeaux nuts so it wasn’t a stretch to see a wine like a Beringer not pass muster. It’s also not much of a surprise that the Chappellet ranked high - I just didn’t expect it to win over such a highly recommended wine by members of this forum according to this thread:
Anyway, it was quite an interesting night. We all agreed to do a 90’s theme for our next dinner. One of the women has a '97 Zin she’s dying to share.
On a semi-related note, does anyone want to swap for 3 bottles of 2012 Ridge Estate?
That’s what the group is gonna find out. I’m not buying any more Beringer, but I have 3 more bottles of both Adaptation and Ridge along with plenty of Chappellet (both the Signature that we drank for the test and their higher end Pritchard Hill). In 2 or 3 years, the group will try the 3 blind again, then after a few more years pass we’ll do another blind on those 3 bottles, and finally the last blind tasting of the 3 almost a decade from now.
… yes, we’re that silly and yes, I will remember. Might even bookmark this thread.
Brought a mag of '05 to one of our wine club dinners and it didn’t make it to the end of the night.
Interesting results on the Chappellet. When I last had it in 2018, it needed much more air than it did when I had it in either 2015 or 2017. It took air after pouring through a Vinturi on night 2 to get to the point where it was as open as it was on PnP the two previous times.
Nice to see the evolution of the wines. Although I have my next few dinners already planned. think it would be a blast to do a $100 cab off and a $200 one also. I would be curious to see if our board darlings do indeed edge out their peers. The $100 version I will do in early spring.