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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  • A bunch of people are gathering in San Francisco for a conference this week, and I was wondering what any of you think are the best food and wine experiences in the City right now. Am interested in bars, cafes, proper restaurants, what have you, and locations as far as southern Marin, the East Bay and Palo Alto or other spots on the southern pen... Read More

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  • I am pretty new to snooth, and just stumbled across the intro page.  I am the son of one of the owners of a very nice, very small winery in Southern Humboldt, CA.  We are between two fine Pinot areas, Sonoma and Oregon.  So, surpise!  In the right spots here, Pinot Noir does very well.  We also make Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, along with met... Read More

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  • Essence Pinot Blanc


    aromas of hazelnut, citrus, with some minerality and unique herbal notes. fairly acidic and complex with a nice length Read More

    Wine review by Nicki Gig

  • Hi All,My wife and I are packing up our 7 month old daughter and taking a trip out to Napa/Sonoma. We are staying in Sonoma for 2 full days/3 nights. Does anyone have any recommendations of excellent activities, wineries and restaurants? If any of you have been with babies, and can give us some pointers, I would also greatly appreciate it.Thanks... Read More

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  • Blue Mountain Pinot Blanc 2008


    Gooseberry, unripe cranberry and Bartlett Pear waft from the glass in this very ... fruit-dominant expression of Pinot Blanc. Fresh acidity and more gooseberry, pear and Granny Smith apple on the palate for a refreshing, mouth-cleansing, but balanced sipper. This is about as good as you get from North America in this variety; this wine has vib... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • I have read with some interest many people being somewhat possessive/aggressive about their home wine region.I am a passionate South Australian and live in Adelaide which is about 10km from Adelaide Hills, 45km from McLaren Vale, 70km from Barossa Valley/Eden Valley, 130km from Clare Valley and 350km from Coonawarra Wine Regions.I have a love of... Read More

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  • Domaine Marc Kreydenweiss Pinot Blanc 2005


    Maybe I like this wine because I drank it with a friend. Opened just a few days ago (May/2010) and it was great - elegant, clean but also rich. Like the fruity aroma (but not sweet) and the minerality. Great to taste alone. Read More

    Wine review by emmayeh

  • Robert Mondavi Winery Sauvignon Blanc Woodbridge 2007


    No written review

    Wine review by oneshoetwo

  • Winter's Hill Estate Dundee Hills Pinot Blanc 2012


    Nose of green peppers. Dry, plasticy flavor - a bit like sucking on a water pistol. Read More

    Wine review by solomania9

  • It was at Vinify Wine Service in Santa Rosa Calif which is a custom crush facility where many small Sonoma County Boutique wineries make their wares. 19 wine makers pouring 72 different bottlings. Made it about 2/3 through the presentation before I started getting palate fatigue and everything started tasting alike. Lots of good Pinots, a couple... Read More

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