2010 Lucien Albrecht Pinot Blanc Cuvee Balthazar 13% $13

This has rather impressive and fresh sweet apple, mango and mint aromas on the nose with top notes of honeycomb and sweet flowers. In the mouth, this tends to the soft and broad style, with plenty of ripe apple fruit underlain with some mineral notes. A touch of treacle on the back end adds a slight sweetness to the modest mineral and lime finish. Lovely nose but the palate doesn’t rise to the occasion. 87pts

2010 Brooks Runaway White Pinot Blanc 13.5% $15

Pear on the nose is accented by a bit of soil, faint melon rind and citrus pith in a subtle and elegant style. Lean and racy with mouth-cleansing acidity and a gentle succulence to the dry, vividly fruited palate. Full of crystal clear apple and small pear fruit. This shows a touch of mineral on the back end followed by dry, crisp apple fruit on the finish. A super summer sipper. 87pts

2010 Caldaro Pinot Bianco Alto Adige 13.5% $18


Fruity on the nose with very fragrant floral aromas over sweet fruit. Shows a strawberry edge to the core of apple fruit, dusted with gravel. Bright and tense on entry, this is very focused in the mouth with salty citrus fruit and a hint of minerality on the back end. A bit on the simple side and a touch short but very satisfying for its vibrancy and freshness. 87pts

2010 Spindrift Cellars Pinot Blanc Willamette Valley 12.2% $15

Sweet and a touch cheesy on the nose with notes of kettle corn and lime pith. This is small and tight in the mouth with nice clarity to the gentle fruit. It’s finely balanced and easy to drink but it lacks a little depth and punch. An aperitif wine. 83pts