About two weeks ago, I got an offer to join in an experiment called “The Label Project”. The premise of it is two taste three different wines not just blind in terms of producer but totally blind to everything. I wouldn’t know the producer, the region, the variety or anything about the wine other than its color, a few tasting notes and hints about its region.
I decided to go through with the offer – after all, I’m a wino, right? Who can say no to the chance to taste some wines? I’ll be logging my notes on twitter and submitting my guesses to them via email. I’ll keep you all posted as to what the results are and how far off or on I was.
Update: The Reveal!
It was all Reserve wines from Jacob’s Creek out of Australia:
My guesses were:
Region = Rattlesnake HIlls
Variety = Chardonnay
Reason why you think it is that varietal or region (25 words or less) = Tastes like a stainless Chardonnay that has has some lees on it and partial ML.
Region = Mendocino County
Variety = Syrah
Reason why you think it is that varietal or region (25 words or less) = That region has the altitude from the clues.. and Syrah because of it’s “gaminess”… deep, plums, blackberries, casis and some blueberry compot.
Region = Paso Robles
Variety = Zinfandel
Reason why you think it is that varietal or region (25 words or less) = Spicy, jammy and the “texture” of Zin. Paso has ancient sea bed in it.
Okay, so 2 out of 3 on getting the varietals correct was good but wine #3 completely threw me! A cab? Are you kidding me? It sure as hell didn’t taste like one – too spicey for a “cab” but I still enjoyed it! Perhaps my palate was influenced by the Shiraz in wine #2 to make me perceive that the cab was “spicier” than it really was. Either way, it was a fun experiment and I applaud the efforts of JC’s marketing for doing this!