The New Long Division of Holiday Wine -or- Introducing The Wine Cats!

*Spoiler Alert! This post chronicles the deployment of a Venn Diagram in the service of tasting one of our very special 2013 Holiday Packs: “From Our Library!”

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Often, when considering

NEW

wine releases, with ostensibly

LONG

developmental trajectories,  I find they can often be the cause of much

DIVISION

amongst fellow tasters.

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Meaning, it’s a bit like herding cats.

Wine Cats.

The Wine Cats.

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Not to be confused with The Love Cats.

It’s a bit like herding The Wine Cats, trying to get a consensus of opinion.

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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.

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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:

2008 Ponzo Zinfandel

2006 Lytton Estate Syrah/Grenache

2004 York Creek Zinfandel

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.

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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

Hmmm …

We may need a second opinion.

Are you a Wine Cat?

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Special thanks to Jenny Merit & Michael Foley, Ridge staffers extraordinaire, and today’s Wine Cats!



Categories: Grenache, History, Rhone varietals, RIDGE Staff, Special Offerings, Syrah, Tasting Notes, Varietals & Blends, Viticultural Salmagundi, Wine & The Holidays, Zinfandel

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