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Alsatian Pinot Blancs

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1 Hugel Alsace Pinot Blanc 'Les Armours' (2009)
Comments: 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
Review from original list creator: "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" by 89065Gregory Dal Piaz
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2 Paul Blanck Pinot Blanc Alsace (2011)
Review from original list creator: "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 " by 89065Gregory Dal Piaz
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3 Domaine Pfister Pinot Blanc (2009)
Review from original list creator: "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" by 89065Gregory Dal Piaz
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4 Henri Schoenheitz Pinot Blanc Val Saint Gregoire (2010)
Review from original list creator: "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 " by 89065Gregory Dal Piaz
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5 Domaine Mittnacht Freres Pinot Blanc Alsace Aoc (2009)
Review from original list creator: "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 " by 89065Gregory Dal Piaz
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