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At each Blind Tasting League gathering, using the techniques of the masters, you will learn how to identify the grape, country of origin and more and more as we progress through the wide world of wine. You can pick and choose the classes but the more you come, the more you learn!

February 3rd Blind Tasting Results

The Wine: Loosen Bros "Dr L." Riesling, Mosel, Germany, 2014

What we Tasted: Citrus, Green Apple, Pineapple, Floral, "Fruity-Sulfury Dishwater", Green-tea, Stone, Spiced Apple & Peachy

What we Guessed: Viognier, California Riesling, Washington State Riesling

What we Thought: This wine got mixed reviews from our group. Some liked it (myself), some thought it was ok and some disliked it. Comments were "I'd have a glass", "Not bad" and one "Not my style". Overall not bad for an off-dry wine.

The Wine: Reserve des Vignerons Chenin Blanc, Saumur, France, 2014

What we Tasted: Rose, Herbs, musk, "Hard as a rock pear, in a good way", Fruity-finish, "Chalky-Stony" and "Dial Soap".

What we Guessed: French Chenin Blanc, French Viognier, New World Sauvignon Blanc

What we Thought: This acidic wine pleased our tasters! Comments were "I could drink more than one glass!", "Big nose!" and "Great food wine!". Overall, a good showing for an $11.49 bottle of wine!

The Wine: Espelt Garnacha, Emporda, Spain, 2012

What we tasted: Blackberry, black cherry, cranberry, anise, spice & "Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice".

What we Guessed: Hot climate Syrah, New World Grenache, California Cabernet/Merlot Blend

What we Thought: Mixed reviews on this one also. " I like it" said one taster who later said it was her favorite of the evening. "Too hot" said another, meaning the alcohol was too high. Most everyone thought it was an enjoyable wine.

The Wine: Gen 5 Old Vine Zinfandel, Lodi, california, 2012

What we Tasted: "Forest floor", Mushroom, Herbaceous, Dried fruit, "Plummy-Pruney", Wooly, Raisins, and "Birch-sap"

What we Guessed: Cotes du Rhone Blend, Cabernet Franc, New World Syrah, Grenache-Syrah-Mourvedre Blend, California Zin.

What we Thought: A big hit for an affordable Zin! One taster said she could "Smell it all day", another called it "better than most", although one said it was "too Herby". Overall, a good showing!

 

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January 6th Blind Tasting Results

The Wine: Reserve des Vignerons Chenin Blanc, Saumur, France, 2014

What we tasted: Peach, Pineapple, Lemon Skin, "Circus Peanut Candy", Flowers, Crsuhed Chalk, Ginger

What we Guessed: N. Italian Pinot Grigio, Dry Riesling, French Chenin Blanc

What We Thought: Our crew loved the nose but felt it lost a little something on the palette. Our comments were "meyer lemon", 'Citrus" and "Briny", as well as "Refreshing", "Ought to be effervescent" and "Needs Food".

The Wine: Valle Dorado Chardonnay, Central Valley, Chile, 2014

What we tasted: Stone-Fruit, Honey, "Bit-O-Honey Candy", vanilla, Spice, Honey Suckle, Orange Blossom, "Touch of oak", and "Malo".

What We Guessed: Sauvignon Blanc, S. American Fume Blanc, Australian Pinot Grigio, South American Chardonnay

What we Thought: Overall this one was a hit, especially for such a low price point wine! Our team said "Pleasant", "Balanced", "Creamy Mouthfeel" that it had a "Longer Finish" and that there was "More to it". One member said he wanted to "drink it with Oysters". Overall a very good showing!

The Wine: Cousino-Macul Cabernet Sauvignon, Central valley, Chile, 2013

What we tasted: "Bark", Green pepper, Cherry Pie, Blueberry, Brambles, "Tart, Ripe and Jammy Fruit", Cranberry, Bitter Chocolate, Coffee, Spice, "Dirty Feet" and Oak.

What We Guessed: Sicilian Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Zinfandel, Syrah

What we Thought: "I like it" said one taster, and most of us agreed. It had a rustic flavor that most of us enjoyed, one member said it tasted like "it had been aged in an attic" while I described it as "Gamey". Overall a good wine for the money!

The Wine: Stone Cap Syrah, Colombia Valley, Washington State, 2012

What we Tasted: red Fruit, Raspberry, Leather, Cedar, "Raspberry Laffy-Taffy", Pencil lead, Cassis, "bamboo Rocks", and fruity.

What we Guessed: Loire Vally Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, "Cheap Merlot"

What we Thought: While most agreed it was mostly unoffensive, we all agreed it was "too Fruity" and one said it tasted like "Now & Later Candy", was "Verietally Indistinct" and had little flavor or nose .  When it was revealed to be Syrah, most everyone thought that it didn't taste like what we expected Syrah to taste like. Most agreed it was a pretty passable "party wine".

 

 

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December 2nd Blind Tasting Results

The Wine: Rickshaw Chardonnay, California, 2014

What we tasted: Green Apple, Pear, Citrus, lemongrass, Stone, Starfruit, Slate

What we Guessed: Dry Riesling, White Burgundy, California Chardonnay

What we thought: This wine was a big hit with our panel, even Chardonnay-haters! Most everyone enjoyed it, although no one picked up on any oak.

The wine: Barone Fini Pinot Grigio, valdadige, Italy, 2014

What we tasted: Bug spray, Mineral, "Closet freshener", apple, Pink grapefruit, Cantaloupe Rind, Perfume, Honey

What we Guessed: New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, Washington State Sauvignon Blanc

What we thought: It was actually a more popular wine than you might expect with "bug spray" and "closet freshener" as descriptors. Most everyone thought it was Sauvignon Blanc. Very aromatic! I never guess Pinot Grigio when it has so much flavor. I guess I  have Pinot Grigio predjudice...

The Wine: Treviso "Rubicone" Sangiovese, Emilia-Romagnia, Italy, NV

What we Tasted: Oak, Flowers, Honey, Smoke, Tobacco, "NyQuil", Alcohol, latex balloon

What we thought: "I love it", one of our tasters said! Most agreed that it was a solid everyday, table wine, although lacking in varietal characteristics and Terroir. I thought it tasted like a generic red.

What we Guessed: Shiraz/Syrah, Zinfandel, "Cheap merlot", Sangiovese

The Wine: Woop Woop Shiraz, South Eastern Australia, 2014

What we Tasted: "jammy fruit and dirt", smoke, "Toejam", bacon, Tobacco, Sourdough, barnyard, Black Cherry, Beef jerky, Pickles

What we Thought: Not a popular one. Quite a few on our panel did not drink their glass (a really bad sign with this band of Pirates!).  "Aftertaste is not good", "Needs food" and "Don't like it, not drinking it" were the comments I scribbled down.

What we Guessed: South African Shiraz, Zinfandel, Cabernet

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November 4th Blind Tasting Results

The Wine: Le Grand St-Vincent Sauvignon Blanc, Touraine, France 2014

What we Tasted: Pink Grapefruit, Peach, Minerals, Stone Fruit, Flint, "Bamboo-Stones", Pear Apricot, Celery

What we Thought: A crowd pleaser! Our panel thought it would work well as a porch sipper on its own or with a meal.

What we Guessed: Chenin Blanc, Muscadet, Viognier, Pinot Grigio, and Loire valley Sauvignon Blanc

The Wine: Sean Minor Sauvignon Blanc, California, 2014

What we Tasted: Green Apple, Tropical stone-fruit, Citrus, Unripe Mango, Papaya

What we Thought: Our panel didn't get much from the nose, one comapring it to "water" and one saying it "burned" like Vodka. We liked it more once we tasted it. Most everyone agreedthat it was a "pleasant social wine" and "Nice".

What we Guessed: Unoaked Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc

The Wine: Mark West Pinot Noir, California, 2013

What we tasted: earth, Smoke, barnyard floor, Cherries, raspberries, dark chocolate, "firework gunpowder"

What we Thought: Overall a hit with our panel. "Balanced" and "easy drinking", summed it up, with one panelist saying it would "jump out with the right food".

What we Guessed: Nebbiolo, Pinot Noir

The wine: Haarth Malbec, Argentina, 2013

What we Tasted: Plums, "rubber glove", Alcohol, Black cherries, Goji Berry, "blackberry schnaps", coffee, spice, cedar, Tobacco

What we thought: Another hit this week! Our panel enjoyed the big, tannic flavor and dark fruit.

What we Guessed: Malbec, Syrah, Zinfandel, Cabernet

 

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October 7th Blind Tasting Results

The Wine: Riff Pinot Grigio, Veneto, Italy 2014

What we tasted: Citrus, pear, apple, floral, department store perfume, Spice, mineral, sour lemon drop, bell pepper and a "touch of remorse"

What we thought: Overall a pretty popular wine! Very floral and interesting for an $11 bottle of wine.

What we Guessed: Old-World Viognier, Something Northern-Italian, Sauvignon Blanc

The Wine: La Perla Viura, Rioja, Spain, 2014

What we Tasted: Tropical/pineapple, Play-Doh, Chalk, "Circus Peanut Marshmallow Candies", Old apples, and Dishwater

What we Thought: "tastes like a Biltmore Wine" (sorry to our friends at Biltmore), "Great nose but disappointing flavor", "finishes like a mouth full of pennies". Sorry to La Perla, this one wasn't a crowd favorite.

What we Guessed: Cheap Pinot Grigio, Gavi di gavi, Chenin Blanc

The Wine: Grayson Zinfandel, California, 2013

What we Tasted: Smoky, pruny, "old oak", Forest floor, "Funky fruit roll-up", Goji Berry, Chocolate, and Raisins

What we Thought: We were divided on this one. Some liked it, "nice finish", and some didn't "Not pleasant", and "Hangover Wine"

What we guessed: Rioja, Tempranillo, Barolo, Zinfandel, and Malbec

The Wine: Paso a Paso Tempranillo, La Mancha, Spain, 2013

What we Tasted: menthol, Spice, Blackberry, Tobacco, Licorice, Earth and Potting Soil

What we Thought: I didn't like it, but many of our crew did, one suggesting it would be a good "Thanksgiving wine". Not bad for a $10.99 wine!

What we guessed: Corvina, Barbera, merlot, and "Cheap Valpolicella"

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