David L. Kahn Wine Tasting Club
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#2 Merlot   Jan 20, 2001
Year Producer, Selection From Variety Price * Score +
1998 Canoe Ridge Columbia Valley, WA Merlot $20.00 90
1998 Francis Coppola Oakville, CA Merlot $13.60 85
1998 Montes Chile Merlot $8.00 79
1998 Columbia Crest Columbia Valley, WA Merlot $9.60 78
1998 Chateau St. Jean Sonoma County, CA Merlot $18.40 76
There was no clear preference by location, and this time the most expensive wine was our favorite. The three wines at the bottom of the list were markedly different from each other, but their overall scores were very close. Of interesting note was the hint of Jalapeno in the flavor of the Chilean wine.
* The Price reflects the club discount for non-sale wines purchased at Kappy's Liquors in Sudbury and Wine Cellars of Silene in Waltham. Any purchases at the club price must be coordinated through me.
+ The Score represents the average rating of the group at this tasting, on a scale from 50 to 100. We each assign a value of 0-4 for appearance, 0-6 for aroma, 0-6 for flavor and 0-4 for our overall impression resulting in a total score from 0-20. These are averaged, the result is multiplied by 2.5 and then 50 is added. The resulting 50-100 scale is the same range used by Wine Spectator though their process may be different.