27 February 2009

2, 4, 6, hate...

A dispiriting update to this post on the rate of corked wines here at oenoLogic: through the first two months of the year, adjusting for screwcapped and other synthetically-sealed wines, I'm finding nearly 6.5% of my bottles TCA-enhanced. Sadly, many of them have been on the older side, and mostly irreplaceable. That number is akin to the "bad old days" of the last decade or so, and while we'll see what the greater statistical accuracy of larger numbers brings, I think we can all agree that it's aggravating. Perhaps last year was an anomaly, not a trend?

2 comments:

Randy Watson said...

Sadly, your rate of taint sounds in line with what others have found. For instance, "in a 2005 study of 2800 bottles tasted at the Wine Spectator blind-tasting facilities in Napa, California, 7% of the bottles were found to be tainted."

Definitely a good argument for the screw cap.

thor iverson said...

Sure, but in recent years the numbers have been more or less declining in the biggest surveys. For me as well. It'll be a few more years before we can identify an actual trend rather than an anomaly, but there's always hope.