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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  • Humberto Canale Torrontés Alto Valle del Rio Negro Canale Black River 2008

    Snoothrank:

    I've only recently started to try Torrontes. While red wine is 9 out of 10 times my preference, and Pinot Grigio is my go-to white when I do in fact drink white, I felt it was time to try something different. Torrontes made sense. Less oakey and buttery than Chardonnay, and not as sweet as a Sauvignon Blanc or Riesling, this is a great white ... Read More

    Wine review by jmd477


  • I make some fantastic sushi for my girlfriends, but have been at a loss to find a good wine in the European Union to go with it! I am originally from California where choices of Napa Valley Wines were great, however I am now living and working in Central Europe so I need something from Europe.  I don't really want to import from California if I ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Good wine to go with Sushi


  • I know what you’re thinking: When are we gonna start drinking wine? ... ... ... Barbera, Riesling, Pinot Blanc). Surprised to see me drinking my white wines out of all-purpose stems? Don’t be -- they give the wines the space they need to releases their aromas, and why would you want anything less. Putting white wines in little glasses is sill... Read More

    From the article Wine 101: Stemware


  • Hi:I am predominantly a huge fan of Red wines, but am interested in exploring the world of  White wines.Looking for an enjoyable sipping wine for a lazy summer afternoon. Any suggestions from the Snooth community?Thanks! Read More

    Forum post in the topic Uncharted Territory


  • Les Petites Vignettes Alsace Pinot Blanc 2008

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    Nose: floral, lemon peel, stewed apricot, orange peel, flint, kerosene. Palate: Fresh, floral, lemon, lime, lemon peel, orange peel, hints of apricot, flinty minerality, hints of smokiness. Long on the palate, with a beautiful balance between austere minerally acid and sweeter/richer notes. Read More

    Wine review by penguinoid


  • Almost first half of 2010 pasted by and its time to run some statistics, what did I drink so far this year:Mexico: 40 bottlesSpain: 28 bottlesArgentina: 12 bottlesChile: 11 bottlesItaly: 7 bottlesFrance: 5 bottlesGermany: 3 bottlesUSA: 3 bottlesPortugal: 2 bottlesThats what I drank at home so far this year and doesn't consider wines consumed at ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Which country do YOU drink...


  • Zind-Humbrecht Pinot Blanc Blend Alsace Aoc Pinot d'Alsace 2007

    Snoothrank:

    Yet another interesting Alsace with interesting integration between fruit and mineral, as if a concentrated sachet of both were placed in the center of the tongue. Lovely balanced nose of restrained but firm fruit (lychee and some citrus e.g. light tangerine) and some mineral. In the mouth pear and orange and nuts followed by a lingering finis... Read More

    Wine review by dynowine


  • So we're all here and we see that many of us got bitten by the sweet white wine bug, only to move on? My wine life begn  ightIalandne, ent through almost everything else, ends with medium to light Italian red wines, only to start the circuit again, yes my tastes change, evolve and vary! So where did you start, where are you, where do you want to... Read More

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  • My cellar consists of 95% red wines, heavy on bordeaux but also a good variety of good Cali Zin, malbecs, cabs and syrahs.The 5% that white wines occupy are mostly sauv blancs and viogniers (I'm ABC).  My red wines usually get decanted or aerated before serving and the cellar keeps everything at optimum temp - but in all my years of studying and... Read More

    Forum post in the topic White Wines - To Breathe or...


  • I'm interested to hear what viewers on Snooth would like to hear about regarding wine in the antipodes? We have a blog (http://birthofawine.blogspot.com/), which tracks our vineyard adventures, but I'd also like to interarct with like-minded folk on Snooth too. Want to discuss New World vs Old World wines, Martinborough vs Otago Pinot Noir or th... Read More

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