The Wine and Chocolate Tasting Scores:
Tasters were asked to rate each wine on a scale of 1 to 10, and to also rate the wine-chocolate pairing, then the total the score for each pair. So a perfect score of 10 in each category would equal 40.
32 people completed score sheets. The overall scores were calculated by multiplying each score times the number of votes (5 people scored wine A as a 6 = 30 points). A perfect score for the whole pair would then be 1280 (10 x 4 x 32). So if the actual score is 750 out of 1280, which equals an average score of 5.8.
Pair D, the dessert wine and darkest chocolate had the highest score, just edging out Pair B, the Syrah with the Fig Fennel Almond chocolate. Pairs A and C were nearly tied for 3rd and 4th place.
Scoring categories were: Aroma; Taste/mouthfeel; Finish/aftertaste; and Pairing
Barbera (100%) Cockburn Vineyard, Walla Walla Valley. Fruity notes with a bright acidity. $19/bottle
Bread and Chocolate
70% dark chocolate mixed with toasted artisan breadcrumbs
Syrah (100%). Elephant Mountain Vineyard, Rattlesnake Hills. Rich, and fruity. $29/bottle
Fig, Fennel and Almond Chocolate
70% dark chocolate mixed with slivered almonds, sweet dried figs and fennel.
Estate Melange Rouge
Cabernet Sauvignon (38%), Cabernet Franc (38%), Malbec (16%), Merlot (7%), Petite Verdot (7%). Wilridge Vineyard. Spicy nose with voluptuous fruit. $29/bottle
Cherry Almond Chocolate
70% dark chocolate combined with dried organic cherries and roasted almonds
Estate Vintage Dessert Wine
Touriga Nacional (36%), Souzao (36%), Tinta Cao (28%). Wilridge Vineyard. $19/bottle
Ultimate Dark Chocolate (85%)