Fairview Cellars 2008 The Bear edged-out #4, Hester Creek 2007 The Judge, in a battle of wines with "the" in the title.
In the second match, triple overtime was needed in order to proclaim a winner in the hotly contested face-off between #2 seed Cassini Cellars 2008 Maximus and #3 seed Tinhorn Creek 2007 2Bench Red, with the sold-out 2Bench pulling off the upset.
The 2nd-round will see Bill Eggert's The Bear take on Sandra Oldfield's 2Bench Red.
Complete Box Scores:
W - (1) FC '08 The Bear. Points: 91-93. Cost: $35. Production: 320 cases.
L - (4) HC '07 The Judge. Points: 89pts. Cost: $45. Production: ?
Game notes: Sadly, Hester Creek's "The Judge" is not named in reference to an ancient demon who wreaked havoc on the second season of Buffy The Vampire Slayer ("What-up!" Joss Whedon fans). Too bad, because in a battle of Gavel VS. Claws... claws win.
W - (3) TC '07 2Bench Red: 91+pts. Cost: $30. Production: 335 cases.
L - (2) CC '08 Maximus: 91pts. Cost: $29. Production: 862 cases.
Game notes: Despite being sold-out and behind in "availability", the 2Bench Red pulled-off a last-minute play to force overtime and change the momentum of the match. The mysterious "+" set-play always confounds readers and wine drinkers alike - what exactly does it mean? Well, it means Tinhorn Creek won the match (and has aging potential).
- Liam Carrier ©copyright 2011 IconWines.ca