Last evening's Caymus Cab 1990-2001 vertical tasting/dinner-for-ten was fantastic, thanks in large part to all of the thoughtful suggestions I received on this forum.
I pre-printed a sheet for everyone with W.S.'s tasting notes and rating for each vintage. This sheet then also was used on which to make our own notes and ratings.
The hostess pre-printed colored 4X11 pieces of paper with three stemware circles on each and the vintages printed below the circles...the first slip being '90, '91 and '92.
About 1-1/2 ounces of each of these first three vintages was poured, passing the bottles around the table. We swirled, sniffed, tasted...and swallowed (no spitting was allowed...the wine was too good!). After discussion and note-making, the first of four red-wine-friendly dinner courses was served with which we consumed the wine remaining in all three glasses. Anyone wanting more of any of these first three vintages could pour themselves more at this time.
When everyone finished that course and all of the wine in their glasses we proceeded to do the remaining three courses in like fashion, each with their own 4X11 sheet with circles and pre-printed vintages which we placed under the glasses over the previous sheet. We thus moved up through the years in groups of three. We did not use fresh stemware each time...it just didn't seem practical or necessary considering the circumstances with the same winery and variety and closely rated vintages.
No one got sloshed (I think!), and there was enough wine left over after the last course for anyone to revisit any vintage. By the way, that is when we noticed the last three vintages, '99, '00, and '01 open up quite nicely.
So...what were our favorites? Tough call with so much good wine, but, in general, the first three, '90,'91 and '92 were our least favorite. 1994, not surprisingly, was noted #1 by more people; '93 and '96 tied for #2; '92, '98 and '01 tied for third place. The solid, dyed-in-the-wool Cab drinkers amongst us, in general, preferred the last three vintages ('99, '00, '01)...more substance, better color, aftertaste, etc. The Bordeaux-y types in our wine tasting group went for the middling years in the vertical, and everyone agreed that 20 years in the bottle was starting to get a little long for this wine (although still quite lovely and very drinkable).
I'd certainly like to know what you think of the above assessment, but, no matter what, WE had a great time...thanks again for all of the very helpful suggestions.