Often, when considering
wine releases, with ostensibly
developmental trajectories, I find they can often be the cause of much
amongst fellow tasters.
Meaning, it’s a bit like herding cats.
The Wine Cats.
Not to be confused with The Love Cats.
It’s a bit like herding The Wine Cats, trying to get a consensus of opinion.
Enter the oenophiles Venn Diagram.
Or, for short, The OV. The Oeno-Venn.
Anyhow, when one is enduring much difference of opinion amongst tasters, it can be instructive to deploy an OV, in the interest of identifying a core set of perceptions.
Consider the “From Our Library,” as an example.
“From Our Library” is one of our very special 2013 Holiday Packs. It is comprised of the following three library offerings:
I recently asked two members of our team here at Monte Bello to taste these wines, and provide me their notes.
Herding The Wine Cats.
Enter The OV.
Conclusions? Safe to say that, if nothing else, these wines at least exhibit the following:
2008 Ponzo Zinfandel - cranberry and plum tones
2006 Lytton Estate Syrah/Grenache – berry flavors
2004 York Creek Zinfandel – dried fruit notes (raisin/date), and potpourri aromatics
We may need a second opinion.
Are you a Wine Cat?
Special thanks to Jenny Merit & Michael Foley, Ridge staffers extraordinaire, and today’s Wine Cats!