The Wine: Bocelli Pinot Grigio, Veneto, Italy, 2014
What we Tasted: Stone Fruit, "Unripe Pear", "Fruity Dishwater", Mineral, "WD-40", "Jet Fuel", Citrus, Grapefruit, Honeysuckle, "Cinderblock", & Apple
What we Guessed: French Chenin Blanc, North Eastern Italian Pinot Grigio
What we Thought: We mostly liked this one although a few of our tasters thought it was more mediocre. "meh" said one taster, "Not my style" said another and another taster just shrugged. Most of us enjoyed the mild flavor although one taster said it would "depend on what I had to eat with it".
The Wine: Le Grand St-Vincent Sauvignon Blanc, Touraine, France, 2015
What we Tasted: "Cat-Pee", varnish, gardenia, lemon/lime, Grapefruit, Floral, Pineapple, Gravel, Thyme, flint, & Asparagus
What we Guessed: Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc (We nailed it!)
What we Thought: This one started off bad and then grew on our tasting panel. The very first comments were about it smelling like cat pee, but after that our tasters reported more mineral and herbal flavors. Comments included "I Like it now, I didn't at first", "Better than the first" and "I'll bet it would be good with trout" although one taster reported that he "couldn't get out of the litterbox". To me it was a great alternative to pricey Sancerre!
The Wine: Saint Evasio Barbera, Piedmont, Italy, 2014
What we Tasted: Cherry, barnyard, Earthy, Raspberry, Vanilla, Smoked Meats, "Wet Granite", "Chicken coop", Rosemary & "Wet Earth"
What we Guessed: French Syrah, Languedoc Pinot Noir, Rhone Blend, Italian Barbera and Tuscan Sangiovese
What we Thought: this one was pretty popular with our team. Most everyone enjoyed the flavor, especially for a wine that retails around $11! There were a few tasters who said it "Needs food" and another who even said it "Needs meat". Definitely a food wine, but a pretty good Pinot Noir alternative for the price.
The Wine: Cune Tempranillo, Rioja, Spain, 2012
What we tasted: Wood, Tobacco, Flowers, Black Cherry, Vanilla, Black Currant, Blueberry, Plum, & "good dirt"
What we Guessed: Spanish tempranillo (Seriously, everybody got this one right! The only thing we couldn't agree on was whether it was from Rioja or Ribero del Duero)
What we Thought: This one was a popular one with our crew. "very mild" said one taster, "Love this one" said another, yet another taster said it had "No bite" and was "smooth". One taster declared that she wanted "a bathroom spray" that smelled like this wine. Pretty high praise, I guess?