A Blind Tasting, Completly Random

There is something about tasting wine with people who are just as passionate about you without being, pretentious, I mean good decissusion it is what makes us feel good about what we do. Its even better when you have a disagreement and that passion, really how can you not love a good fight [no malice] just pure fun disagreement.

This was Bring a Random Bottle Night I brought the 2006 Domaine De la Roche Costières-de-Nîmes from Southern Rhone the last time I brought this wine to a tasting it was not hated lets say and yet again it held its ground against some expensive wines, 17$ for mine [cheap in the BC market] against 30-50$. GO ME! hah now only If I can repeat

BLIND TASTING MONDAYS - Holiday Inn Downtown Vancouver (4/26/2010)
  • N.V. Paul Zinck Crémant d'Alsace Brut - France, Alsace, Crémant d'Alsace
    C: Light Lemon
    A: Clean, Nuts, Very Yeasty and Rich/Bread
    T: Dry, Med+ Acid, Creamy Bubbles, Golden Apple/Skin, Touch Caramel/Butterscotch, Finish Creamy/Cheese

    Good Quality, Lots of yeast, warmish climate feel, Ripe (90 pts.)
  • 2008 Gipsie Jack Sauvignon Blanc - New Zealand, South Island, Marlborough
    A: Clean, Started with Floral, Serbert/Orange, Melon, then opening with Greenness/Grass

    T: Dry, Med+Acid, med Body, Med Finish, Greeness/Herbs, Passionfruit

    Conclusion, Has a odd Off balance finish in the beginning, a young style warm climate feel, easy drinking, opening up with a more A-Typical SB of NZ Marl (89 pts.)
  • 2008 Jaffelin Bourgogne-Aligoté - France, Burgundy, Bourgogne-Aligoté
    C: Clear, Pale lemon Green
    A: Confectioners Sugar, Floral/Soap, Rich?
    T: High Acid, Body Light, Finish Med, Green Apple/Skin, Lemon Zest, Finish Med

    Conlusion, Very High Acid, need some Cheese hard to drink solo (88 pts.)
  • 2005 Querciabella Chianti Classico - Italy, Tuscany, Chianti, Chianti Classico
    C: Med Ruby
    A: Clean, Med+ Intensity, Meaty/Game/Pepper, Cherry, Warm
    T: High Acid, Finish Short, Med- Tannin, Sour Cherry/Skin, Rubber/astringent, Some Oak Use, Chocolate, Dirty

    Conclusion, at first was thinking a Syrah/Grenache on the nose, new world but once you started to drink this yeah Sang coming through opened up nicely (87 pts.)
  • 2006 Domaine De la Roche Costières-de-Nîmes - France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Costières-de-Nîmes
    C: Med+ Ruby
    A: Clean, Rich, Cherry Skin, Stinky, Mineral/Earth
    T: Med- acid, Med- tannin, Med Finsih, Body Med +, Rich, Cherry, Ripe, Creamy Strawberry, Mineral [Ocean/Shells]

    Conclusion my entry into the blind tasting and it held up yet again! (89 pts.)
  • 2007 Perrin & Fils Côtes du Rhône Reserve - France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Côtes du Rhône
    C: Clear, Med+ Ruby
    A: Warm Raison, Orange Peel, vanilla
    T: Med+ Acid, Med+ Tannin, Med+ Finish, Red fruit/sour Cherry, cream/Coffee, Chocoalte (88 pts.)
  • 2008 Familia Zuccardi Malbec Santa Julia Reserva - Argentina, Mendoza
    A: Clean, Med+ Intensity, Cola, Cherry, Richness, Cherry, Coffee/Grounds, Lipstick
    T: Acid Med+, Body Big, Finish Long, Cherry Juice, I like, Spice

    Conclusion Good Juice! (90 pts.)
Posted from CellarTracker
Overall/Reflection: Score: 88 THE 100-POINT RATING SCALE (Robert Parker of the Wine Advocate describes this in more detail.) • Extraordinary (96-100 points) • Outstanding (90-95) • Very Good to Excellent (85-89) • Good (80-84) • Average (75-79) • Below average (70-74) • Avoid (50-70)


  1. Sounds like a lot of fun...people say the darndest things when they don't know what they are drinking, don't cha think?

  2. I think when people try to guess they do but I have crazy notes even not blind hah

  3. Well, everyone uses very personal experiences when coming up with wine descriptors...I have had a few good chuckles when reading tasting notes after the fact :)