David L. Kahn Wine Tasting Club
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#3 Dessert Wine   Mar 17, 2001
Year Producer, Selection From Variety Price *
half bottle
Score +
1997 Andrew Rich, Les Vigneaux, Ice Wine Oregon Gewurtztraminer $14.40 96
1997 Hopler Eiswein Austria Gruner Veltliner $24.00 83
1999 Selaks Ice Wine, Marlborough New Zealand Riesling, Gewurtztraminer $12.00 82
1997 Peter Lehman, Botrytis Sauternes Australia Semillon $12.00 80
1997 Domaine de la Terre Rouge, Ice Wine California Muscat a Petits Grains $12.80 78
1996 Chateau Rieussec 1er Grand Cru Botrytis Sauternes France Semillon $24.00 78
Some sources of information on dessert wines included:
  Internet Guide to Wine
  Business Week
This was our third tasting, and there were now seven of us. The group clearly preferred the ice wines to the botrytis Sauternes, and the Andrew Rich was a clear and decisive favorite (and a bargain as well). While the other five were close in relative rank, there were substantial differences between them. Some lost points for aroma (a few were downright unpleasant to some of us), while others lost points for flavor (too sweet, less complex or a less-pleasant finish). An interesting note was the maple aroma of the Hopler.
* 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.