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I am fortunate to have been on the Promontory allocation since inception, and am going to share with my wine group. I have a tasting of 2013, 2014, and 2015 vintages of Promontory, Penultimate, and Mascot. I think it will be educational to compare the three wines of same vintage. Just hoping to get some thoughts on how best to structure the tasting: Vertical of each and then discuss? horizontal of the three wines? We usually do blind tastings, but I think given the wines, I am going to reveal what they are in order to give them due respect. Any input would be appreciated! Also, to anyone who has had these: any thoughts on decanting times. I did get some suggestions from the vineyard, but wanted any other input.


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Interesting question.  I have all those Mascots, so I will be looking forward to your notes.  With respect to how best to present the wines, I can't say.  I can see why you might want them all revealed vs fully blind.  Perhaps there is way to approximate both approaches.  For instance, perhaps you label the wines as 1a, 1b, 1c (the vintages probably should be in order (from either youngest to oldest or vice versa); 2a, 2b, 2c; 3a,3b, 3c.

i would probably make it a two round tasting depending on how many folks you have

9 bottles, if shared across say 10 people can allow for 2  separate tastings with each person having 2oz pours to taste.

I'd set up the first tasting by doing different labels per vintage.  Then the winner from each of the vintages do a second tasting to vote for the best one.  The first tasting should see if the $ / label matters, the second one should see if it might be possible on a good vintage the label doesnt matter.

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