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A 'Sideways' Look at Pinot
Date of tasting: 12/09/2008
Location: Old School House, Tittensor
Friday Evening 7pm to 9pm
A Tasting of the many 'colours' and styles of this 'family' of grape varieties from around the world, kicks off our trio of varietal tastings for September.
This will feature Pinot in it's 'Blanc' variety, it's 'Gris or Grigio' variety and in it's 'Noir or Nero' variety too.
Red, White, Rose and Sparkling will all be included and covering countries from right across the wine world.
So if you've ever wondered about how these grapes change in character in different countries, soils and climates or if you just consider yourself to be like Miles from the hit movie Sideways a 'Pinot freek!' then this is a tasting for you.
Dozens of 'Pinot Freeks' turned out for this tasting, and what a very interesting tasting it turned out to be!
The 'race card' was as follows:
Pinot Blanc & Pinot Grigio
1/ Pinot Blanc/Pinot Grigio, Delibori Delle Venzie, Italy
2/ Pinot Blanc, Sipp Mack
3/ Pinot Grigio Rosé, Delfina
Delle Venzie, Italy
4/ Pinot Grigio, San Simeone
5/ Pinot Gris, Lake Chalice
Marlborough, New Zealand
6/ Pinot Gris, Ten minutes by Tractor
Mornington Peninsula, Australia
7/ Rosé Sancerre, Francois Cotat
Loire Valley, France
8/ Pinot Nero ‘Umore Nero’, Castello di Luzzano
9/ Pinot Noir ‘Block 9’, Loma Larga 2005
Casablanca Valley, Chile
10/ Pinot Noir ‘Tom’s Block’, Neudorf 2006
Nelson, New Zealand
11/ Pinot Noir ‘Russian River’, La Crema 2004
Sonoma County, U.S.A
12/ Cotes-du-Nuits Village, Jayer-Gilles 2002
Favourites on the night certainly included the Pinot Blanc from Sipp Mack and the Pinot Gris from Lake Chalice Vineyard in the whites. Many thought the 14%ABV Ten X Tractor Pinot Gris was remarkable though few thought it 'good value'at £18.00.
The Pinot Noir's stole the show with every single wine showing brilliantly.
Perhaps the most popular (if selling out on the evening is anything to go by!) was the La Crema Russian River Pinot.
I'm sure that Miles from Sideways would have approved!