A friend who is a wine expert operated a red wine blind tasting (not double-blind, however). All of the wines were decanted and served in anonymous bottles.
The top three results:
- Little Penguin Shiraz 2012 (about $6 per bottle (link))
- Col Solare 2007 blend ($60)
- Villa Antinori Reserva Chianti 2010 ($29 per bottle)
With a score of 7, the Little Penguin scored nearly a full point (out of 10) higher than the $60 competitor. The rest of the wines were mostly in a cluster between 4.5 and 5.5. On the bottom end, the outliers with a Louis Jadot Beaujolais 2012 and an Oyster Bay 2011 Pinor Noir.
[It is unclear if Little Penguin Shiraz is the same from bottle to bottle or year to year. The company’s Web site does not mention any vineyards or winery. So it might just be that they buy surplus wine from the persistent worldwide glut (see my February 2010 posting about how the French wine inside a $10 bottle costs 46 cents).]