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We actually had this meeting more than a month ago (April 22); it’s just me being really busy for the past month.  We meant to have this once a month, but we have not been able to find a day good for most people.  In fact, looks like we won’t be able to do this until August.  But some of us did get together to have some wine a few times in May, including a few times in Las Vegas.  I don’t remember most of the wine we had; I guess I should ask Vince for the list of wines we’ve been having.
 
No Longer Blind
Well, I do remember the Shiraz we had in this meeting #3, that’s because I wrote it all down.  This time we were not doing blind tasting (so no more brown bag covering the bottles).  We were doing both vertical and horizontal tasting; it’s horizontal because 2 of them are 1998 Australian Shiraz, the other two are 2003 Australian Shiraz; it’s vertical because they are from two wineries (so 2 bottles from each winery)
 
 
 
Tasting Sound Bites

Penfolds Bin 128 Coonawarra Shiraz 2003
– fruity, tannic, short finish, not ready for prime time
Elderton Barossa Shiraz 2003
– Longer finish, sweet, well-round, sour, dense/concentrated, more flavor
Penfolds Bin 128 Coonawarra Shiraz 1998
– Cellar, tone down and less fruity, more tannic than 2003 (which is unusual), spicy at first
Elderton Barossa Shiraz 1998
– Much longer finish, balance, harmony, nutty, less fruity
 
The GINI Australian Shiraz Index
Like previous two times, we ranked the bottles 1 thru 4.  Then we add up the numbers.  Whichever one has the lowest score is the best. Here is the list of participants: Aaron, Andrew, Anson, Kelvin, Kwong C, Naomi, Vince M, Vincent W
 

 

Bottle #

Vineyard

Region

Pts

Group Rank

My Rank

 

1

Penfolds Bin 128 Coonawarra Shiraz 2003

Coonawarra, South Australia

24

4

4

 

2

Elderton Barossa Shiraz 2003

Barossa, South Australia

14

2

3

 
 

3

Penfolds Bin 128 Coonawarra Shiraz 1998

Coonawarra, South Australia

28

3

2

 

4

Elderton Barossa Shiraz 1998

Baross, South Australia

14

1

(more 1st place votes)

1

 
Summer Break
We have not had another meeting since April, and it seems that we won’t be having another one until August (or September even); maybe we will have a BBQ (right, Ida?)  Despite of that, some of us had been getting together to have wine over dinner.  Maybe I’ll blog on some of those wines (if I actually have the time)

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