Tipplers' Gathering

Tuesday April 13, 2004

The Tipplers met on Tuesday April 13, with Ben Forster hosting the event. The group was out in force and explored three varietal wines, Zinfandels, Cabernet Sauvignon (one clearly blended) and Vino Nobiles. The members had pronounced feelings about some wines. Though the wines were not identified, the Orleans Hill Zinfandel (1999 - organic) was clearly the least favoured, being poured unripe and grassy in character. Certainly, the Nalle Sonoma County Dry Creek Zinfandel (1996) was rather more highly rated, still it was not the most favoured wine. It appeared to be age worthy, but members felt it lacked the full richness of flavour common to Zins. Indeed, the Zinfandels were the least favoured of the wine groups, and the host, at the end of the evening, brought forth a Rosenblum which brought the Tipplers greater Zinful delight.

The Tuscan Vino Nobiles were by far the most favoured of the evening's wines. The Bordeaux was thought well-rated, but the Tipplers favoured the more rigorous Tuscans. The McWilliams Hanwood was possibly too young, and reluctant to strut. It had cast a considerable deposit. The Vino Nobiles were estimated as the most thoroughly satisfying of the wine groupings, and the Polizinao the most eminent of the two.

Wines for the day:

Orleans Hills Zinfandel 1999 County Clockspring Vineyard (Organic) $16.95

Nalle Sonoma County Dry Creek Zinfandel 1996 $45.00

Chateau Roc de Bernon St. Emilion 1998 $38.00

McWilliams Hanwood Cabernet Sauvignon 2000 $18.00

Asunda Casalle Vino Nobile 1998 $30.00

Poliziano Vino Nobile 1999 $35.00

Total Cost $182.45

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