David L. Kahn Wine Tasting Club
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#4 Syrah   May 12, 2001
Year Producer, Selection From Variety Price * Score +
1998 Foppiano California Petit Sirah $14.40 85
1998 Chateau de la Gardine, Chateauneuf du Pape France 23% Syrah $28.00 80
2000 Rosemount Estate Shiraz Australia Shiraz (Syrah) $10.00 79
1997 Penfolds Kalima Bin 28 Shiraz Australia Shiraz (Syrah) $19.20 79
1999 Cave de Tain l'Hermitage France Syrah $6.00 77
1995 Renwood California $18.00 $18.00 76
1999 Cline California $8.00 $7.00 70
With this tasting, our 4th, we achieved our target size of 9-11 people. We also had 7 wines at this tasting, which we decided was too many. Future tastings will be limited to 5-6 wines. We included 2-3 wines each from California, Australia and France, with a range of prices from each source. While there was a slight preference in the group to the Foppiano, the five wines in the middle of the ratings list were very close in rank.
* 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.