Rich's & Dana's
Tasted Sunday, April 15, 2012 by AllRed with 367 views
R&D hosted their Sunday group and had a couple of extra spots and invited Domino and I to attend. This is the most unqiue of the tasting groups we participate in due to the format. The hosts provide all of the blind wines, and the tasters chip in to cover the cost. After some warm up whites, we pour all blind reds and taste/evaluate in one flight trying to determine what it is that we are drinking. Tasters rank the wines from 1 to 8, and then the votes are tallied, and unveiled from last place (highest points) to first (lowest points). After the wines are unveiled, we enjoyed dinner and a few more nonblind wines.
Tasted double blind.
Served double blind, shown in the order presented. Our host decanted these only briefly off their sediment, then rebottled and recorked them. The wines had been opened roughly three and a half hours before we began pouring. It was fairly obvious from the start that we were drinking Bordeaux, so our discussions turned towards communes and vintages. Pauillac came up quite a bit, as did St. Julien, St. Emilion and Pessac. I thought we had a mix, and I settled on 2000. Much of the discussion on vintage centered on 2000, 2001 and 2003.
The results of the main event were a surprise to all of us. No reason the 2004s can't be enjoyed now, especially given the discounts many of the 2004s could be had for. Thanks R&D for letting us fill in for another fun tasting!