Once again if you need a refresher on the rules you can find a recap here. The main one to keep in mind here, per the picture above, that these were tasted blind (again I know… single blind). A change for round 3 is that we were performing joint tasting. I paired up with RJ from RJ’s Wine Blog for this effort just as I did or the Trader Joe’s bracket earlier this week. Before we jump in, let’s look back on the first round match-ups to see how these two got here:
- The Stephen Vincent came to play and the results showed as it upended the Klinker Brick 89-86. RJ had this to say “The Stephen Vincent had a nice fruit and earthy blend. Good solid acidity kept the wine vibrant and alive throughout. My old friend menthol delivered a punch on the nose that I’d come to expect and love from the Crimson”
- The Castle Rock fought tough and prevailed over the York Creek 88-87. Rj had this to say “Alive, vibrant and well balanced, but I was searching for a little more fruit to go with its earthy, spicy blend. In the end, mostly because of its more lively edge, the Castle Rock Pinot Noir prevailed.
With pregame covered let’s get to the real action via my twitter news feed. This was the closest game to date.
2006 Stephen Vincent Crimson ($11): Velvety in color, nose of light red fruit. Whiffs of strawberry for sure, A bit of heat hidden in the aromatics as well. Nice richness on the palate. This one came to play. Balanced team-effort makes this the squad to beat despite the zinging sourness on the finish. Rating: Pricey
2007 Castle Rock Pinot Noir Monterey County ($12):This one left me immediately conflicted, am I rating on my own palate or should I consider the masses? Dark fruit said yes but there was danger lingering on the peripheral of the taste buds. In the end this was a good team that didn’t play hard enough. Had the skill set to win but couldn’t bring it to bear. The outsider was lurking thourgout and had a few turnovers that sealed the deal for the Stephen Vincent late in the game. That said the Castle Rock may have broader appeal to the masses. Rating: Pricey
That’s a wrap, stay tuned for the finale of the Elite 8 tomorrow. Who will join Talus, Stephen Vincent and Chateau Chevalier in the Final Four. Bodega Norton Malbec vs. The Show Cab for the last spot in the dance. In the mean time see what RJ had to say or check the latest standings on the contest scoreboard.