First we had a nice lunch, because all responsible wine drinkers DO NOT spit, must have. Then on to our tasting. We tasted the first set of 8 and then the second set of 8. What was really interesting, but probably not surprising, is that there were very few wines we all agreed to our 1, 2, and 3 choices. Although there were 4 that most agreed on.. But like I tell wine tasters, there are no wrong answers in tasting wine. You taste and smell what you taste and smell.
I really enjoyed this exercise, Although Pinot Gris has general characteristics that one can count on to be there, the styles of winemaking are different. We did taste a couple of Pinot Gris from the exact same vineyard. The tastes on these were very different. This could have to do with the winemaking styles, whether the grapes on some rows got more or less sunlight, or more rain or the elevation of the vineyard if it is sloped.
There was one Pinot Gris that we all agreed was awful, smell and taste, but upon further investigation, meaning I went and tried another bottle of this particular wine, we realized the bottle had been corked. Whew... because I really like this winery!
Thanks Oak Knoll for inviting me to join in this tasting! I had a ton of fun learning more about the Pinot Gris Grape!