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Wine Tasting Summary

For general information on Pinot Grigio, refer to the Grape Varieties, and About Wine Web sites. In the list below, winery names are linked to their respective Web sites.
#11 Pinot Grigio pdf July 13, 2002
Year Producer, Selection From Variety Price * Score +
2000 Trimbach Reserve France Pinot Grigio $12.80 85
2000 Luna California Pinot Grigio $16.00 82
2001 Forest Glen California Pinot Grigio $8.00 81
2000 Meridian California Pinot Grigio $8.80 78
2001 Il Vignale, Veneto, Vendemmia Italy Pinot Grigio $12.00 78
1999 Polencic, Collio, DOC Italy Pinot Grigio $14.40 75
Overall, the French Trimbach was preferred by the group, and the Italian samples didn't rate as highly. The Polencic, in particular, had an 'off' aroma though its flavor was acceptable. The Forest Glen, with an aroma of honey, had the most complexity in this tasting and was felt to be a reasonable wine for the price. The Trimbach was the sweetest and the Luna was the darkest.
* The Price reflects the club discount for non-sale wines purchased at Kappy's Liquors in Sudbury and Wine Cellars of Silene in Waltham. Any purchases at the club price must be coordinated through me.
+ The Score represents the average rating of the group at this tasting, on a scale from 50 to 100. We each assign a value of 0-4 for appearance, 0-6 for aroma, 0-6 for flavor and 0-4 for our overall impression resulting in a total score from 0-20. These are averaged, the result is multiplied by 2.5 and then 50 is added. The resulting 50-100 scale is the same range used by Wine Spectator though their process may be different.