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November 22, 2010


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Hey Lenn-

Thanks for the post and especially for your attendance at the event. As the chief-of-staff in pouring logistics and post-judgement score analysis (self-titled), I have some insights on how the guests judged the wines compared to the panelists. I've also recruited a team of PhD statisticians to help me with this analysis. I can say now that overall the scores we're similar between the panelists and the guests. I'll be posting some of this analysis on our Facebook page throughout the day... http://www.facebook.com/RoanokeVineyards

Adam: It was my pleasure. And I will watching the FB page with keen interest. Really curious to see what the guests thought of the wines.

You guys did a great job. You're putting together many of the most interesting events on the North Fork.

Hello Lenn,

I had a great experience at Detert in October during their harvest event. Tom, John and Bill hosted anyone who had purchased wine to their house in Oakville (behind ToKalon) and poured 2004-2007 Cabernet and Cabernet Franc.
I would highly recommend the 2007 Cabernet Franc.

I thoroughly enjoyed the tasting, and found myself suprised at some of my choices. I think we agreed with the judges more than disagreed. As much as I love LI, my top score did go to the Puligny as well, but I did score the Roanoke # 1. Overall, a great event!

How did you choose the wines from outside LI? I'd be curious to know the retail price of each bottle. Were the prices similar?

I really wanted to go to this. Very upset I couldn't.

Steve- Wines outside Long Island were selected by Scott Sandell & Mark Grimaldi based on a number of criteria. We wanted wines comparable to those in the original 1976 tasting, but they needed to be current releases/currently available. We also wanted to include wines of high quality that are accessible to most wine consumers.

Of the original producers, we only included the Chateau Montelena Chardonnay, which famously won the 1976 event, and is still a great wine at a reasonable price. The Burgundy's included the Colin Morey Puligny Montrachet "Le Trezin" ($50) that was featured by Jay McInerney in the WSJ this fall and Boyer-Martenot Meursault ($45) and the Marsannay ($27) are both fairly small production farmers, in some respects not too different from our local farmers & winemakers. The California Russian River Valley Chardonnay wines were made by Helen Turley- Martinelli ($56) and Paul Hobbs ($45), whose Pinot Noir just ended up on the Wine Spectator's top 10 list for the year. The Long Island whites, which ranged from $19-35 scored higher as a group than their more expensive counterparts, based on scores from both panelists and our crowd of about 80 guests.

For the reds, we selected 2nd-growth Bordeaux ranging in price from $50-125, based on critical reviews from Wine Spectator/Wine Advocate and availability. The Napa Cabernets ranged in price from $40 - $75, and included the Ramey Annum Cabernet Sauvignon ($75) which just came in at #30 on Wine Spectator's top 100 wines of 2010. As a group, the Long Island reds priced between $40-50 were neck and neck with the Bordeaux and Napa Cabs, as scored by both panelists and guests. Of course these kinds of tastings are never definitive, and you can argue about caveats, but we are pleased with the results and we continue to stand by the quality and value of wines from our region on the world stage.

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