David L. Kahn Wine Tasting Club
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#27 Malbec pdf March 19, 2005
Year Producer, Selection From Variety Price * Score +
1999 Luca Argentina Malbec $30.40 86.5
2003 Trapiche, Oak Cask Argentina Malbec $8.00 85
2002 Montes Reserve, Oak Cask Chile Malbec $8.00 84.5
2001 Bodega Catena Zapata Argentina Malbec $17.60 82
2001 Tikal Amoria Argentina Malbec $22.40 81
2002 Bodegas Balbi Argentina Malbec $6.40 79
For this tasting, we liked the most expensive wine (Luca) the most and the least expensive wine (Balbi) the least. Other than these two endpoints, our preference was in reverse price order. While we do sometimes like the expensive wines, price continues to be uncorrelated to our rating overall.

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* The Price reflects the club discount for non-sale wines purchased at Kappy's Liquors in Sudbury and Grape Ideas in Wayland. 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.