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We just had our GINI 15 last night, Sept. 28, 2007.  (And I’m blogging the next day, now how’s that possible?)  Our theme this time is to compare cool-zone and moderate-zone Pinot Noirs.  We got this theme straight from the book Great Wine Made Simple. ((Immer, Andrea. Great Wine Made Simple, New York, 2000. Pg 106 )) We have two bottles of Burgundy, the cool-zone, and two bottles from the moderate zones (California and South Africa)  Here are the wines we had:

  1. Vincent Girardin Volnay 1er cru “Les Santenots” 2003 (Burgundy)
  2. Vincent Girardin Volnay 1er cru “Les Santenots” 1999 (Burgundy)
  3. Hamilton Russell Vineyard Pinot Noir 2005 (South Africa)
  4. Calera Pinot Noir 2005 (California)

I don’t think Andrew has his tasting notes of the wine in his SeaTourist blog yet, but I’m sure it’ll be there soon. I am also posting more information of the wine in my Flickr pictures. For the wines in this tasting, here is the link. Following is the voting results for our favorite in this tasting.

The GINI Cool and Not-so-cool Pinot Noir Index
We ranked the bottles 1 to 4, add up the numbers, whichever one has the lowest score is the best. Here is the list of participants: Aaron, Andrew, Kelvin, Kwong C, Kwong T, Naomi, Stephanie, and Vincent W.

Bottle #

Vineyard

Region

Pts

Group Rank

My Rank

1

Vincent Girardin Volnay 1er cru “Les Santenots” 2003

Volnay, Burgundy, France

16

1

4

2

Vincent Girardin Volnay 1er cru “Les Santenots” 1999

Volnay, Burgundy, France

19

2

3

3

Hamilton Russell Vineyard Pinot Noir 2005

South Africa

21

3

2

4

Calera Pinot Noir 2005

Central Coast, California

24

4

1

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