by Fred McMillin
A Tale of Two Cabs
Wine #1—A $10, 1994 California Cabernet Sauvignon Tasters comments:
Wine #2—A $10, 1994 California Cabernet Sauvignon. Comments by the same tasters:
The two wines were the same...from the same case... both stored under the same conditions...corks in good shape. Why did these panelists find them so different?? The envelope, please.
Why the Difference?
We taste our wines in pairs. Wine #1 was tasted with another $10 California Cab, that is, a wine in its same price range.
But, Wine #2 was tasted with a $58 Cal Cab (which we'll cover in another WineDay). Clearly, results were affected by the level of the competition. In fact, the panel rated Wine #2 18% below Wine #1.
Wine of the Day
1994 Shenandoah Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Cal.
Some of the most experienced tasters were not affected by the quality of the associated wine. About 20% of the panel rated Wines #1 and #2 the same...However, this tells me to continue our current Wine Picks procedure. We taste and report wines in their own price range. Thus, only Wine #1 will appear in our Picks.
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