| Tasting results from the “Judgment of Princeton” spurs interest...
NEW JERSEY BORDEAUX-STYLE REDS v BORDEAUX
|| Ch Mouton Rothschild 2004 Pauillac
|| Ch Haut-Brion 2004 Pessac-Léognan
|| Heritage Vineyards, BDX 2010 New Jersey
|| Ch Montrose 2004 St-Estèphe
|| Tomasello Winery, Oak Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 New Jersey
|| Ch Léoville Las-Cases 2004 St-Julien
|| Bellview Winery, Lumiere 2010 New Jersey
|| Silver Decoy Winery Cabernet Franc 2008 New Jersey
|| Amalthea Cellars, Europa VI 2008 New Jersey
|| Four JGs Vineyard Cabernet Franc 2008 New Jersey
2010 was a great year for growing grapes in the Outer Coastal Plain. It was the best year since 2007, and may have been the best growing season in a century. Growing conditions were optimal with a long, hot dry summer, which allowed our Cabernet Sauvignon (75%), Petit Verdot (20%) and Cabernet Franc (5%) to fully mature much like the last great 2007. The resulting wine, still in air-dried American and French oak, is stunning with a beautiful balance of fruit, middle mouth structure and lingering tannin.
We are really excited about the “buzz” created on June 8, 2012, when the “ Judgment of Princeton,” a blind tasting competition of the best of NJ’s wines vs. leading French wines, was held at Princeton University, during the American Association of Wine Economists Annual Conference . It was a banner day for NJ wines. For more info on the “Judgment of Princeton” see the links below.
Wine journalist and noted author, George Taber organized the event to mirror the famous 1976 tasting in Paris which he covered as a correspondent for TIME magazine. His book, “Judgment of Paris” details that tasting which pitted then unknown California wines against the best French wines.
In Princeton, tasting in the red flight, the 2007 Tomasello Cabernet Sauvignon Oak Reserve ranked fifth behind a 2004 Chateau Mouton Rothschild, 2004 Chateau Haut-Brion, another great NJ wine, the 2010 Heritage BDX and a 2004 Chateau Montrose. Finishing behind us was the mighty super-second, the 2004 Chateau Leoville Las Cases. To see all the final rankings and judges, see below.
BUT, as noted by Orley C. Ashenfelter, president of the AAWE and a professor of economics at Princeton University, “The results hardly tell the whole story. The judging was so close that, statistically, there were virtually no significant differences in the rankings. Therefore, if the competition were held again, there is a high probability the rankings would change due to how close the wines were judged.”
The “Judgment of Princeton” also showed the tremendous value of New Jersey wines. The 2004 Mouton Rothschild and Haut-Brion are wines that can cost upwards of $650 a bottle. While they finished one-two in the red wine category, New Jersey reds costing about 5% of that price received strong scores.
“New Jersey wines can play with the big ones,” stated AAWE vice president Karl Storchmann, who is also managing editor, “Journal of Wine Economics,” and clinical professor of economics at New York University.
With the 2010 being even better than the 2007, and with many calls regarding its release, we have chosen to offer the 2010 Outer Coastal Plain Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve via future order. The wine will be released on April 1, 2013 at $48.00, but the futures are offered at $33.50, with a strict 12 bottle limit per person. If you are a member of our Tomasello Preferred Customer Gold Card, your club discount applies on 6-12 bottles. Click on “Our Wines” to order or call us at 1-800-666-9463 to become a member and place your order. You will be notified when the wine is released and it may be picked up at the winery or one of our winery outlets or it can be shipped to you in approved states at no charge. Thank you and we hope that you enjoy the 2010 Outer Coastal Plain Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve.
For information on the “Judgment of Princeton” click on the links below:
Blog on the results by Karl Storchmann of the American Association of Wine-Economists
Here are the final rankings:
NEW JERSEY CHARDONNAY v WHITE BURGUNDY
1. Joseph Drouhin, Le Clos des Mouches Premier Cru 2009 Beaune Blanc
2. Unionville, Pheasant Hill Single Vineyard 2009 New Jersey
3. Heritage Vineyards Chardonnay 2010 New Jersey
4. Silver Decoy Winery, Black Feather Chardonnay 2010 New Jersey
5. Domaine Leflaive 2009 Puligny-Montrachet
6. = Dom Marc-Antonin Blain, Grand Cru 2009 Bâtard-Montrachet
7. = Bellview Winery Chardonnay 2010 New Jersey
8. Amalthea Cellars Chardonnay Sur Lie 2008 New Jersey
9. Ventimiglia Chardonnay 2010 New Jersey
10. Dom Jean Latou -Labille, Charmes Premier Cru 2008 Meursault
NEW JERSEY BORDEAUX-STYLE REDS v BORDEAUX
1. Ch Mouton Rothschild 2004 Pauillac
2. Ch Haut-Brion 2004 Pessac-Léognan
3. Heritage Vineyards, BDX 2010 New Jersey
4. Ch Montrose 2004 St-Estèphe
5. Tomasello Winery, Oak Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 New Jersey
6. Ch Léoville Las-Cases 2004 St-Julien
7. Bellview Winery, Lumiere 2010 New Jersey
8. Silver Decoy Winery Cabernet Franc 2008 New Jersey
9. Amalthea Cellars, Europa VI 2008 New Jersey
10. Four JGs Vineyard Cabernet Franc 2008 New Jersey
The judges were:
Jean-Marie Cardebat, Professor of Economics, Université de Bordeaux
Tyler Colman, DrVino.com (New York)
John Foy, wine columnist, Star Ledger (New Jersey)
Olivier Gergaud, Professor of Economics, BEM Bordeaux Management School
Robert Hodgson, Professor Emeritus, Humboldt State University (California)
Danièle Meulders, Professor of Economics, BME Bordeaux Management School
Linda Murphy, co-author with Jancis of American Wine (California)
Jamal Rayyis, Gilbert & Gaillard wine guide (New York)
Francis Schott, Stage Left Restaurant, New Brunswick (New Jersey)