Pinot Blanc(ish)

Exploring the complex flavors (and semantics) of Alsatian Pinot Blanc

 


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2009 Hugel Pinot Blanc Cuvee les Amours Alsace 12% $15

A touch of woodsy-ness greets the nose, followed by mineral and white pepper-inflected white pear fruit topped with a gentle floral tone. A bit of a fruit bomb, in a good way. This packs in vibrant acidity and a modest degree of richness while delivering intense flavors of fresh apple and apricot fruit, with soft melon accents. The finish is rather long and adds in great mineral cut and a gently plummy floral nuance in the mouth. This is really quite impressive and delicious. 90 points

Alsatian Pinot Blancs

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Hugel Alsace Pinot Blanc 'Les Armours' (2009)
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Trimbach Pinot Blanc Alsace Aoc (2009)
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Paul Blanck Pinot Blanc Alsace (2011)
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Domaine Pfister Pinot Blanc (2009)
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5.
Henri Schoenheitz Pinot Blanc Val Saint Gregoire (2010)
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6.
Domaine Mittnacht Freres Pinot Blanc Alsace Aoc (2009)
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  • Snooth User: snoman
    229582 204

    Thanks, GdP, for the Pinot Blanc/Alsace article. Timely, as we just returned from 3 days on the Route des Vins d'Alasace, a GREAT trip. We found tremendous variations in the Pinot Blancs we sampled, and now understand why--never know that these weren't 100% varietals.

    Best one we found (to our taste) was a Mittnacht-Klack Oberberg 2010 Pinot Blanc, obviously related to the Mittnacht Freres you reviewed, from Riquewihr, which showed bone-dry but rich flavors and bracing acidity. Doubt it's available in the US, but the trip was an eye-opener to the region, the innumerable small producers, and was also an incredible visit, that we'd encourage anyone to experience. Fantastic architecture, history, vineyards and food, of course.

    Mar 28, 2013 at 1:50 PM


  • Snooth User: Zuiko
    Hand of Snooth
    540750 820

    I am just now starting to become interested in Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris after several decades of pursuing other wines.

    You mentioned how the same grape can have different names and how that can be confusing. Pinot Gris is similar in that it can be called Pinot Grigio, Rulander, Grauer Burgunder etc. All this just keep the consumer mystified.

    Mar 28, 2013 at 3:59 PM


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