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#19 Cabernet Sauvignon pdf Nov 15, 2003
Year Producer, Selection From Variety Price * Score +
2000 Bodega Catena Zapata Argentina Cabernet Sauvignon $14.40 87
2000 Buehler Vineyards, Estate California Cabernet Sauvignon $24.00 87
2001 Montes Alpha Chile Cabernet Sauvignon $15.20 85
2000 Wente, Livermore Valley California Cabernet Sauvignon $10.40 82
2000 Franciscan, Oakville Estate California Cabernet Sauvignon $20.00 81
2000 Chateau Larose-Trintaudon, Haut-Medoc Bordeaux, France Cabernet Sauvignon $14.40 67
Our favorites in this tasting were the Bodega Catena Zapata from Argentia and the Buehler from California. There was some conjecture that the Montes Alpha tasted young and astringent, and may improve with age. Overall, we expected to enjoy these wines more than we did.

Once again, the French wine in our tasting was at the bottom of our list. Some of us wondered if we had received a bad bottle, but the placement of the French sample many of our tastings where we include wines from several countries has been consistent.
* 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.