We’ve only done one white wine night before, and it was one of the most polarized evenings we’ve had – albeit one of the more enlightening ones. This one proved to be educational as well, with a varied set of syles, and a varied set of opinions on the wines. Laughed a lot. Enjoyed the heck out of the dinner. And somehow pickled fish juice and polish vodka were being poured by the end of the evening. But that’s another story.
A – 2006 Zind Humbrecht Rangen de Thann Clos Saint-Urbain Grand Cru, Alsace, $90
B – 2007 Bollini Pinot Grigio, Italy $18
Group Score: 79.5, last place. Fresh and bright, but aromatically challenged showing light apple and underripe berries. ‘Eau de nothing’ perhaps sums it up best. The palate showed bright acidity with some citrus pith. Overall, this wine was ‘nice’ but seriously forgettable. I scored it a 82+.
C – NV Barefoot Pinot Grigio, California $9
Group Score: 88, 1st place. Fuzzy peach, apricot, fabricated spring odor, candy aisle, grapefruit, vanilla – fake and yummy [was described as the sexy chick with fake boobs]. The texture was really nice, supple & not too dry, slightly fizzy, and persistent. I scored it 91.
D – 2007 Poplar Grove Pinot Gris, Canada $31
Group Score: 81.5, 3rd place. Produce section, champagne yeast, ammoniated cheese, licorice, cabbage, munster cheese. The palate was interestingly full, developed on the palate, but tried hard and disappointed. I felt it tasted like average wine, mixed with some flat champagne. This broke my heart when it was revealed as I’d wanted to like this one.