Sagebrush Annie's wine tasting is
available Saturday and Sunday. Tasting, by appointment
only, includes a selection from Sagebrush Annie's
gold medal or higher award winning wines. Reservations are recommended.
Wines are served by Sagebrush Annie's owner, Larry
Hogan. Please call ahead as we are sometimes
attending other events.
Larry pours award winning
wines during a special Saturday wine tasting dinner
for Wine Club Members. Special invitation only
dinners are held on weekends throughout the year.
Wine Tasting Vocabulary
106 Gold Medals
Annie's is a restaurant, it is required by law to charge a fee for wines sampled.
Wine Scoring: 100 Point Rating System
Have you ever read those ratings from
Robert Parker, Wine Spectator, or Wine Enthusiast,
and wonder how the ratings are derived? I have, so
i finally looked into
it. If you continue to read this newsletter, and
want to rate your wines, you too, can impress your
friends with your enology knowledge. This will be
especially meaningful to all of you Bunko ladies at
your parties. You now have another activity, namely,
the rating of the wines served that day. Not that we
want to put added pressure on the hostess...
The 100-point rating system, was made
popular by Robert Parker in the early 1980's, and
then adopted by Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast,
amongst others. Hundred points is a misnomer,
however, as it's actually a 50 point system and then
50 points are added to the initial score.
Parker gives points for the following: First
Impression/Color (max 5 pts), Aroma- Bouquet (max 15
pts), Flavor (max 10 pts), Finish (max 10 pts), and
Aging Potential (max 10 pts). See, the maximum
points add up to 50.
Let's modify his system to make it
user-friendly to the non-professional. After all,
how many could rate aroma/bouquet, which to a wine
expert, are different? And most of us probably can't
rate age potential, nor do we care how much the
wine will improve in the twenty minutes it takes us
to get home and pop that cork, after a hard day at
work. Also, let's give more points to taste because
that's something we understand, although the nose
and palette work as a closely knit team.
*Let's do it like this: Color ( max 5
pts) look for clarity and depth, Nose (max 10 pts)
balance and complexity, Taste (max 15 pts) does it
have fruit, spice, etc, Length/Finish (max 10 pts)
is it a long finish, is it pleasant, and Overall
Impression (max 10 pts). Total points = 50.
Now, let's try it out. I just opened
a bottle of II Tarocco Chianti from TJ's for $8.99.
Hmm, nice deep red color with
nothing marring the clarity; 5 points. The
nose is delightful with nice fruit aromas; B
points. The taste is a little sharp and edgy
but not unexpected, and it fills the mouth. It will
open up with a little breathing; 10 points. The
length of finish is very good for a Chianti at
this price and is fruity; 7 points. My overall
impression is very high for this wine; 8 points.
So, total points for this wine are:
5+8+10+7+8=38, plus 50* = 88 points in the 100 point
*The 50 added points are arbitrary to
make it a 100-point system.
point rating system overview provided by
"da Wine Guy" Matthews.
Wine Tasting Scoring Sheet