Pinot Blanc(ish)

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


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2011 Paul Blanck Pinot Blanc Vin d'Alsace 12.5% $15

2011 Paul Blanck Pinot Blanc Vin d'Alsace 12.5% $15

A bit leafy on the nose, with low apricot fruits topped by soapy floral aromas and a touch of gingery spice and hints of green tea. Bright and focused in the mouth, this has little excess weight and really opens in the mouth with impressive floral perfumes that add a tropical cast to the array of citrus, peach and mineral flavors of the mid-palate. The florality persists on the moderately long finish, which turns a bit salty and decidedly mineral. Very spicy and floral inner mouth perfumes make this rather distinct. 88 points
 

Alsatian Pinot Blancs

1.
Hugel Alsace Pinot Blanc 'Les Armours' (2009)
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2.
Trimbach Pinot Blanc Alsace Aoc (2009)
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3.
Paul Blanck Pinot Blanc Alsace (2011)
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4.
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 201

    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 741

    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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