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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  • 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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  • Anne Amie White Blend Willamette Valley Cuvée a Amrita 2008


    Beautiful clear to light straw in color. Rose and fruit aromas. Taste citrus flavors with lots of grapefruit, lemon and a hint of stone. Light bodied, crisp and refreshing. A sweet and sour finish. Good wine, especially for the price. Read More

    Wine review by tonyat21

  • Winter's Hill Estate Dundee Hills Pinot Blanc 2012


    Rough nose, funky and oily. The mouth is grassy and nones the pleasant. Read More

    Wine review by Chris Carpita

  • Winter's Hill Estate Dundee Hills Pinot Blanc 2012


    Light nose that doesn't offer much. Very funky, oily, dirty mouth feel at first, although that does blow off/mute over time. Leaves pineapple and mango flavors. Acidic finish infused with lychee. Read More

    Wine review by Philip

  • I asked in another thread about recommendation for the Okanagan Valley area of British Columbia, but now I'm asking for up-to-date stories about an area closer to (my) home. I have a family gathering in The Ojai/Santa Barbara area next month, and was wondering who has recommendations about particularly good wines and winery visits in that area t... Read More

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  • Would definitely be interested in hearing what people think are the best wineries, and wines, in the Okanagan. Hopefully with an explanation why. Have a good friend going for an extended stay, based in Kelowna, in a month or so, and it'd be nice to be able to offer some pointers. She and her husband drink a lot of New Zealand sauvignon blanc,... Read More

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  • I went on a tour of Sokol Blosser which was given complimentary and by a tour guide who was so amazing and inspirational.  I saw a couple of lady bugs on the vine and by some cursed desire, I unfortunately googled lady bug + vineyards to see if they eat predator bugs.  I found numerous articles on lady bugs getting crushed into wine and tainting... Read More

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  • I grew up on a farm.  Farmers kill themselves to survive and we support each other by buying locally.  I am from CA and I have been drinking wine predominately from Napa, Sonoma and Carneros since I was 21.  The point is, when I am studying for this WSET exam and being told that the best expression of every premium wine is found in some AOC in F... Read More

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  • Greetings!  Just joined up on this great site and I'm looking forward to meeting and chatting with many of my fellow wine lovers!  I used to work in the industry and have had the pleasure of sampling many different wines from many different regions of the world.  I've also tried many different varieties/styles, and am currently exploring the won... Read More

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