Pinot Blanc

 

Name of varietal: Pinot Blanc
 
Common synonyms: Weissburgunder, Klevner, Feher Burgundi, Pinot Bianco, Rulandske Bile, Rulandske biele, Blanc Vrai
 
Parentage of the grape: genetic mutation of Pinot Noir
 
History of the grape: Pinot Blanc was first grown in Burgundy and Champagne, France, and can be traced by some sources as far back as the 1st century. For a long time, little distinction was made between it and Chardonnay, however a number of vintners who knew what they were doing began producing it as a varietal release. It eventually came to prominence in the Alsace region, where it is one of the four most common grapes grown there. It made its way across Europe and to other parts of the world from there and is now a popular grape in cooler climate regions where it is most able to thrive. 
 
Characteristics of the grape: light to medium-bodied, acidic, grapefruit rind, peach, apricot, canteloupe, honeysuckle, white pepper
 
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  • California

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  • Austria

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  • Germany

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  • USA

    "American Wine" has existed since the first Europeans brought their vinous heritage and tradition...

  • France

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  • Alsace

    This region, wedged between the Rhine River and the Voges Mountains, is the product of a fascin...

  • Alsace Aoc

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  • Willamette Valley

      The Willlamette Valley region in Oregon has a wine-making history that dates back to th...

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    The Boscaini family have been the owners of the Masi vineyards for six generations. Sandro Boscai...

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    Responsible for overseeing Gruppo Mezzacorona, the Mezzacorona Societa Cooperativa Agricola wa...

  • Castello di Monsanto

    Castello di Monsanto is one of the most respected estates in Tuscany and one of the top produc...

  • Dezzani

    Dezzani company has taken the path drawn by the first generation. Luigi. Franca and Giovanni, the...

  • Cantina Terre Del Barolo

    The wine cellar “Lands of the Barolo“ The “Terre del Barolo“ winery ‘s distinguished range of pro...

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    The history of the farm “Il Poggio” is nearly as ancient as its land, which has always rewarded m...

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Pinot Blanc on Snooth

  • Yesterday we had a run down of some recently released Pinot Gris. While there were some truly lovely wines in that selection, Pinot Gris remains a divisive wine. Many typical consumers love the way the wine fits comfortably between the richness of Chardonnay and the acid driven dinginess of Sauvignon Blanc, and without Sauvy’s often off putting ... Read More

    From the article Pinot Gris(gio): Yea or nay?


  • I’ve been through this so many times before that it becomes rote. The differences between Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio. Well, there really aren’t any, when we are referring to the grapes. One is the name in French while the other is the name in Italian. When it comes to the wines though, there remains some distinction, though that is disappearing... Read More

    From the article Time to Ponder Pinot Gris(gio)


  • Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne Grand Cru Blanc de Noirs 2000

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    This 2000 vintage grand cru releases toast, honey and apple scent on the nose and brings some power to the mouth by virtue of the Pinot Noir component. Lots of brioche, almond and vanilla on the finish. Drink now with light entrees. 89 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Belle Glos Pinot Noir Blanc Brugioni Vinieyard 2013

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    Wine review by Liandra160


  • I’m often asked what my favorite wines are. Just today I was asked what ... not only would I reach for a pinot Blanc, but I decided to do just that.I don’t get many Pinot Blancs sent to me, and in a perfect world I would hope that more folks would make Pinot Blanc, perhaps instead of Pinot Gris which I find less interesting. At their best gran... Read More

    From the article Pinot Blanc, Pinot Bianco, Weissburgunder.


  • Just getting settled back into the normal routine after a week drinking great ... here in NC we opened this pinot blanc from Willakenzie.  Up front it's a lemony chiffon tart with a nice touch of creaminess on the back of the tongue - very enjoyabl Read More

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  • Willakenzie Estate Pinot Blanc 2012

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    Really nice Willamette Pinot Blanc. Tart lemon chiffon with a touch of creaminess, nice acidity and a medium finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Alois Lageder Pinot Bianco Dolomiti Italy 2012

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    Earthy and floral with hints of heather and old wood on the nose along with a bit of quince jelly and some melony top notes. A little trapped CO2 lends this a bit of a prickle on the tongue. Its a round wine, though one that maintains good focus with mineral flecked and earthy orchard fruit flavors on the bright palate. A bit short on the finish... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Hugel Alsace Pinot Blanc 'Les Armours' 2009

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    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, ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Willakenzie Estate Pinot Blanc 2012

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    Certified Sustainable Lightly aromatic with hints of apple cores and lime zest on the nose along with some note of talc. Light, elegant and fresh in the mouth. This is a rather delicate wine that glides across the palate with subtle melon, tangerine and almond flavors culminating in a big, bold finish that shows some heat along with intense peac... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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