For our First Friday event this past weekend, we hosted a rather unusual blind tasting for our guests. We poured three sets of two wines each side-by-side, and in each case, one wine was a Z-List wine, and one was an ATP wine, and there was a link between the two. The job of our tasters was to guess the vintage, the varietal, and the designation of each wine. To assist in this rather challenging task, we provided a hint for each pair. The first hint was “Alexander Valley,” the second was “Sub-Parcel Harvesting,” and the third was “Blend vs. Solo-Varietal.”
The first pair was the 2007 Carmichael Zinfandel and the 2007 Geyserville Zinfandel, with the link being that the vineyards are both located in Alexander Valley. The second pair was the 2006 Lytton Springs Zinfandel and the 2006 Lytton Estate Zinfandel, with the link being that the Lytton Estate offering is made up of just a few parcels from the larger Lytton Springs property (sub-parcel harvesting). The final pair was the 2006 York Creek and the 2006 Dynamite Hill Petite Sirah, with the link being that the York Creek is a blend of zinfandel, and petite sirah from the Dynamite Hill block, and the Dynamite Hill itself is solo-varietal petite sirah (blend vs. solo-varietal).
So how did our guests do? Quite well actually, especially given the overall difficulty of blind tastings in general! There was a total of 21 points available, 1 point for each correct vintage, varietal, and designation, and 1 bonus point for getting both wines in the pair fully correct.
And here are the results:
Third Place: Nancy Hom and John Ronald (tie)
Second Place: Danielle Johnston, John Kirkwood, and David & Tracy McLaughlin (tie)
And all alone in first place, a hearty congratulations to:
Kathleen Dowling!!! You’re our First Friday Blind Tasting Winner!!!
Thanks to all our guests for participating, and to all our winners listed above we say, please come back and see us in the tasting rooms, we’d love the chance to honor you in person!