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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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Sauvignon Blanc Horse Heaven Hills Horse Heaven Vineyard 2008

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    This sauvignon blanc gives me what I have been looking for in a pinot gris.. This wine is a real buy at $11 which is what I got six for at safeway. It is a real crowd pleaser. Good complexity and an explosion of flavor with a clean finish. Drinking great right now but I suspect it will evolve in the bottle for a year or two.. Read More

    Wine review by omark


  • Robert Klingenfus Pinot Blanc 2007

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    This wine had a very interesting flavor, somewhat akin to hops. A nice little complex wine. It had a good straw color and was quite clear. Very nice Read More

    Wine review by rhill2990


  • Some discussion of clones may shed light on the New World expression of Pinot Noir. I have long believed that clones explain a great deal of the diversity found in the many wines made from this globe-hopping noble grape. Terroir, vineyard maintenance and climate do not seem to fully explain the differences - at least, not to my satisfaction. ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Clones of the Pinot Noir


  • This week I interviewed a local wine maker here in Western Pennsylvania for my podcast. He makes all of his wines from hybrid grapes because they grow best here in Western PA. His logic is that pretty much once a decade we have a winter cold enough to kill vitis vinifera grapes and they would never be able to reach their full potential here. Do ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hybrids vs. vitis vinifera


  • United States California Schramsberg Bl.de Blanc NV

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    Yeasty and fresh on the nose with a hint of Pina Colada that appears on the tropically fruited palate. Nicely integrated but obviously yeasty notes compliments the yellow fruited palate which offers up a touch of creaminess and leads to a nice finish. 89pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • United States California Schramsberg Bl.de Blanc NV

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    Fruity and floral on the nose with light cherry and earth tones. On the palate this comes off as a tad coarse and subdued with yellow cherry fruit tones and a soft, simple, fruit driven finish. 87pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Moving off a previous topic, I'm starting a new one that is about favourite Sonoma Chardonnays. I will kick things off with my favourites in a few different price ranges:Under $20 range- La Crema Monterey Chardonnay - newer wine for them but nice after a bit of time in the bottle. Not a lot of time but a couple of months:http://www.snooth.com/... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Sonoma Chardonnays


  • The Montreal Passion Vin is an annual, weekend long, grand tasting event featuring a selection of the world’s finest wines, and winemakers. I was fortunate to be invited to attend the event this year and enjoy line-ups from producers ranging from Bordeaux’s Cheval Blanc, to Tuscany’s Castello di Ama, and Champagne’s Maison Deutz. The format of e... Read More

    From the article Tasting Champagne William Deutz


  • I am looking for a Chardonnay that is a carbon copy of Chateau Montelena Chardonnay. You know the one from the movie Bottle Shock......"Buttery, layered, beautiful...." but not brown. All kidding aside, I have shelled out over $50 for this and it is a beautiful, complex, buttery, layered Chardonnay. One of my personal favorites that I really ... Read More

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  • Bertani Pinot Blanc Blend Veneto IGT Due Uve 2006

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    I experience this wine with a light meal of zuppa and insalate. It was well balanced and delicate..Loved it ... Read More

    Wine review by Depp1993


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