Blind Tasting: Chardonnay & Cabernet
Recently, a bunch of Binny’s wine consultants got together to do a blind tasting of chardonnay and cabernet. No, we didn’t blindfold our employees. We put a bunch of wines in brown paper bags and let the chips fall where they may. Wine education comes in many forms, but one of the most humbling is to asses a wine without knowing the name, region or price. Here are six of our favorites after the jump, all chosen blind.
At this price, a mouthfull. Loads of tropical fruit and butterscotch. it made us wish for lobster.
As soon as he tasted this wine, Jay from our Bloomingdale store said “this is a really good Chablis”. He was sure because of the expressive fruit and stony flavors. delicious and refreshing wine.
Half of us thought this was from France, the other half California. It has the best of both worlds: great fruit and good delineation.
Cabernet & Cab Blends
A controversial wine. Not everyone liked the cedar, woody notes on the nose. But it’s pure Chile, and a great bargain for the money.
One of our tasters said this cabernet “screams Washington State.” If you like your wine to have a red plum and black licorice profile, this is for you. Very well made.
A blend of cabernet sauvignon, sangiovese and cabernet franc. Medium bodied that’s gorgeous. Nobody could figure out where it was from, but everyone loved it. You need to try this.