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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  • Torii Mor Pinot Blanc White Usa Oregon Rogue Valley 2008

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    The aromatics here are quite fruity but at the same time reserved and cool with a suggestion of kiwi among the green fruited nose and a floral aspect that gives this a touch of sweet tea on the nose. On entry this is sweetly fruited but shows fine acid cut. the fruit leans toward the nectarine end of the spectrum with a nice bit of quince at its... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Cooking for the inlaws (very critical food people).  The Lobster Fra Diavolo i'm making includes fresh serrano instead of dried crushed red pepper (adds a nice brightness) and both dry white wine (prob a sauvignon blanc) and cognac.  Normally I'd serve the same or similar wine that I'm cooking with, but for some reason, it just seems a little un... Read More

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  • Hi, I am looking to buy birth year bottles for my girls (born in '95 and '97).  Which region and varietal can hold up for 21 years before popping the cork?  I'm guessing French wines will be the most common response, but my knowledge to this region is pretty limited (primarily drink CA, WA, and Italian wines).  Also not looking to break the bank... Read More

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  • La Viarte Pinot Bianco Colli Orientali del Friuli 2008

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    Tested at 75 deg F. Reminded me of an Alsatian white. Pop and pour. Slightly powdery nose of rocky minerals and hints of petrol. Mild acid on the attack in good balance with mineral and sour ripe fruit (pear, white melon), hints of greeness, with some spice and warmth mid-palate and through the finish. Dry to off dry. Body medium or higher, acid... Read More

    Wine review by dynowine


  • Hey all. I'm a wine reviewer, and I just launched an article on some pretty great Rhone blends from Calcareous Vineyards, out of Paso Robles. Plus, I'm going to be attending a Rhone Rangers tasting in a couple of days, so I've got the region on my mind. What are some of your favorite Rhone grapes, regions (New or Old World), and producers? This ... Read More

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  • I am making Shrimp & Salmon tonight & I need some ideas on a nice wine. Thanks in advance! Read More

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  • I have bemused a number of times, I have had little opportunity to try many examples of good US Wine.  So could I ask some simple recommendations from you all out there:FormatProducerLabelRegionGrape(s) particularly if blendBest Vintage(s)Approx retail USD per 750ml bottleWebsiteSo I would like to know your selection [just one] forPinot NoirCabe... Read More

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  • Adelsheim Pinot Blanc Chehalem Mountains Bryan Creek Vineyard 2008

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    Being a red wine fan, I have not had much luck with finding a white that didn't taste a thin as water and I really like. This wine was lovely. Great body and fruit. Read More

    Wine review by JamesR


  • Roche Carneros Estate Winery Tamarix 2006

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    Wine review by aboxforspam


  • Northern Summer 2008

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    Light and pleasant, sour berry and rhubarb aromas with sour cherry flavors, ... Pinot Noir, Gamay Noir and Pinot Blanc. Characteristics of Gamay seem most prominen Read More

    Wine review by Blinky


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