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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  • Valley of the Moon Sonoma Pinot Blanc 2008


    - Tasted at Total Wine & More 3/20/10 Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile

  • Duet 2009


    Duet: This 2009 vocal duo will have you singing with every sip. A single ... ... ... blend of Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc convey floral and citrus notes that linger on your nose. Duet is just what the hot summer days are calling for, it is a crisp wine with a light mouth feel that is easy to drin Read More

    Wine review by plazawine

  • Maysara Winery Pinot Blanc 2007


    An extremely food friendly wine. The wine has a floral and full nose with a rich palate vibrant acidity and a med+ finish. A great price and complement to any spring or summer afternoon. Read More

    Wine review by Frank Jennings

  • There’s not much a wine guy can do when talk comes round to St. Patty’s Day. There are the usual green suggestions--Vinho Verde, Patricia Green Pinot Noir, Domaine Chandon’s green sparkling wine--but no real Irish wine. I could always turn to Whiskey, but in an effort to keep peace in the world, particularly the small corner I inhabit, I’ll turn... Read More

    From the article The Country Cooking of Ireland

  • Kuentz-Bas Alsace Blanc 2007


    Nose of light apple, citrus, and tropical fruit. Light in the mouth with taste of sour apple and citrus. Good acid bite, but not harsh. Some mineral tang. Might pair well with light spicy white fish or maybe a similarly prepared white meat, e.g. pork chop. Color is almost clear, a light straw. Read More

    Wine review by dynowine

  • Oyster Bay Pinot Noir Nz 2008


    Pours a very light clear red in color and excited to try this I have been very much enjoying new zealand pinot noirs as of late. Lots of strawberry and sweet raspberry smells on the nose, Definitely a touch of creaminess from the french oak can be noticed too. Alot of sweet fruit on the first taste, dominated mainly by sweet sugar coated strawb... Read More

    Wine review by Stunner97

  • Everyone has a favorite "just for fun wine"--one that you drink because it just tastes good. These fun wines are great to fall back on for parties or just enjoying at the end of the day. I had a great "fun" wine this weekend from Debonne Vineyards (Madison, OH) , Razzberry Riesling. The Raspberry brought out the flavors of the Riesling nicely an... Read More

    Forum post in the topic "Just for fun" Wines

  • I'm vaugely thinking about a visit to the USA and Canada maybe early next year. I should note that it's still very, very much a vague plan, and nothing is set in stone -- but I do have to decide what I'd like to do first so I can see whether it's all actually workable. Naturally visiting a couple of wine regions in both countries will be part of... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Possible visit to the USA &...

  • Point Concepción Pinot Noir Santa Barbara County Salsipuedes 2002


    Very disappointing. Brought to mind a Charles Shaw. Way toofruity, punch anyone?Not worth more than $7 Read More

    Wine review by israelphelps

  • Domaine Laurent Barth White Blend Alsace Aoc Pinot d'Alsace 2006


    I didn't realize this "Pinot D'Alsace" was a "blanc de noir" (a white wine from a red grape - pinot noir). While that could explain why it tastes odd to me, I also detect strong off-tastes suggesting oxidation/ madeirization - which in a wine bought yesterday would not be expected. Perhaps when stores have non-current vintages, you never know... Read More

    Wine review by larrythek

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