Gregory Dal Piaz

Location: New York, NY

Alsatian Pinot Blancs

Rank Wine Rating Price
1 Hugel Alsace Pinot Blanc 'Les Armours' (2009)
Comments: Slightly earthy and dusty on the nose with attractively nuanced heirloom apple and sweet apple pie aromas. This packs in a lot of power and great intensity on the palate with bright and vivid green apple and spiced fruit flavors that benefit from the slight edge of RS here. All apple skins and faint green herbs akin to spearmint on the backend, this finishes on the short side but cleanly and with a refreshing hint of minerality. 87pts
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2 Trimbach Pinot Blanc Alsace Aoc (2009)
Comments: Broad, floral and stony on the nose with some roasted peach or apricot fruit and lots of woodland aromas, all topped with a hint of spice. With lovely balance, this brings bright acidity and a touch of richness to the palate, delivering white pear and mineral flavors early, followed by more floral and peachy notes on the back end. This is quite precise and focused with a snappy, tense quality that drives the moderately long and nicely white peachy aromatic finish. Classic Pinot Blanc. 89pts
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3 Paul Blanck Pinot Blanc Alsace (2011)
Comments: 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
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4 Domaine Pfister Pinot Blanc (2009)
Comments: Floral and a bit starchy on the nose, with hints of pea soup topped with crab apple and white pepper nuance. A bit of a small wine in the mouth, this is fresh with juicy acidity but also seems to be just a touch sweet with simple, slightly grassy/herbal flavors of apples that show a raw peanut-like nuttiness. The finish reveals a bit of perfume and some power, but this remains a bit simple. 86 points
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5 Henri Schoenheitz Pinot Blanc Val Saint Gregoire (2010)
Comments: A little musky and meaty on the nose in a dried herb kind of way, with bitter almond, honeycomb and slightly tropical cherimoya-like aromas. Bright and juicy with nice citrusy and light pineapple flavors on entry, this picks us a creamy, tropical cherimoya-like quality on the mid-palate. Easy going and well balanced, this lacks the drive and focus of the best examples on the palate and shows a little lightly, with apple and citrus flavors on the modest finish. 86 points
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6 Domaine Mittnacht Freres Pinot Blanc Alsace Aoc (2009)
Comments: Stony on the nose, with hints of leather and woodland spice. There's a waxy lemon/lime streak here that hints at passionfruit, all backed up with fresh balsamic tones. On entry, there's a rush of subtle pine needles followed by light melon, pear and lime flavors. This remains rather subtle in the mouth, a slightly softer example of an Alsace Pinot Blanc with melon and pear flavors leading to the modest finish that ends with a bit of spice. Simple. 85 points
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