Well folks, 2011 is more than half over and it’s time to take a look back at how the Corked Counter fared over the first six months of the year.
To recap, at the beginning of the year I began counting the number of corked wines I came across relative to the number of wines I sampled. In terms of counting bottles, I only counted those that I had personally checked, excluding those that had been checked by someone else first or that used some type of alternative closure (screwcap, glass stopper, plastic cork).
From January 1st through June 30th I sampled 835 wines that used a cork closure. 26 of these wines were corked. This equates to a rate of about 3%, a percentage that has been remarkably stable across the year (Note that I have had an additional 4 corked bottles in July bringing the total for the year up to 30 which is listed along the side of the blog).
For those interested, the number of wines that used some type of alternative closure was 61 – approximately 7% of those sampled (total n=896). The vast majority of these closures were screwcaps.
I have listed below the price points for the corked wines and the type of wine, red or white. Note that these wines spanned across a range of price points. While more expensive bottles often use more expensive cork – and may therefore less likely to be contaminated by TCA – expensive wines are by no means immune.
I’m not sure at this point if I will continue this project across the second half of the year or not. The rate of corked bottles has been consistent all year and, at this point, the sample size is large enough to make me feel confident that the rate of corked bottles I am seeing is 3%. Not to mention keeping track of every bottle is somewhat of a pain in the neck!
Let me know if you have questions or comments.
| $38 ||Red|