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by Fred McMillin
The Tastebud Club
"Supertasters have as many as 100 times the number of tastebuds as poor tasters. Two thirds of Supertasters are women."
—Yale University Study by Matt Kramer (Wine Spectator)
How to Spot a Supertaster
After teaching wine appreciation for 38 years, I can spot rnost supertasters. They make no big deal of tasting. They simply swirl, sniff, sip and then speak, telling you confidently the characteristics of the wine. End of analysis. Here's the latest supertaster I've met, a woman named...
Lora's parents, owners of San Francisco's famous North Beach Restaurant, started their Sonoma Valley vineyards in 1991. They were soon making trial wines, and Lora, in her early 20s, was one of the tasters from the beginning. She can tell you about the finest points of every vintage since. What's her tasting technique?
Quiet. Supertaster at work!
Lora holds a good sip of the wine in the front of her mouth for eight to ten seconds, and then lets it gradually slip down both sides of her month. So here's her report on the family's Sangiovese,which was, incidentally, the best Sangiovese my panel tasted last year! 1999 Petroni Poggio alla Pietra Sangiovese Grosso. First, decant and wait 15 minutes. Then you will find a red wine she describes with these words: "fruit forward, elegant, full body, immediate appeal. It says drink me."
If you'd like to compare your palate with Lora's, call the winery at (707) 935-8311.
However, if you can't get the Petroni, here are some other recommended Sangioveses. The highest rated wine is listed last. That is, the further you read, the better the bottle.
And the best Sangiovese...
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