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

    Snoothrank:

    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


  • When I tasted a line-up of Pinot Noir last year that contained only one from ... Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, and Pinot Blanc is much more recent, dating back only to the early 1970’s. David Lett can be credited with this relatively recent renaissance in Oregon.  In 1966, with his wife Diana in tow, David moved from California to the Oregon town of... Read More

    From the article Oregon Pinot Noir


  • I have been looking around for a while, and seeing name after name of white wines, but haven't got a clue of what is good/great/bad/ugly.  I am relatively new on the wine deal, and so is my girfriend.  It's her 21st Birthday, so I thought she'd like some white wine. Anyone that has some ideas of white wines in the $20-40 range, please let me know.  Read More

    Forum post in the topic Need some white wine...


  • Zind-Humbrecht Pinot Blanc Blend Alsace Aoc Pinot d'Alsace 2007

    Snoothrank:

    It's a little tart - perhaps too much - but it's full-bodied, with good ... ... by the way, tho it includes pinot blanc, the pinot auxwerrois predominates (I believe the mix is 30%/70%; pb/pa Read More

    Wine review by larrythek


  • Hey there - As a young wine drinker (22 yrs. old) I am still new to the wine world. I want to acquire as much wine knowledge as possible, and all of my mentors have pushed me down the same path, taste, taste, taste! Therefore I am at the point where I find it imperative that I begin to develop my pallet. What I am looking for are lower priced wi... Read More

    Forum post in the topic true to varietal recommendations


  • After reading some of your comments here ( http://www.snooth.com/talk/topic/wines-to-know/ ) about the smaller production wines you are drinking/enjoying I got excited to go check out what some of them are up to. Also, I think they should get some exposure here on Snooth and would love to track them down.Anyone have recommendations? Great winema... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Small Batch Winemakers of Note


  • I tried to search for a forum about this but I couldn't find one, even though I'm sure there is somewhere. Put simply, I am extremely confused about French Wines - I know they don't put the varietal on the label but that's about it. How do you know what you're buying? Can anyone give me any details or direct me to any good references about this ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic French Wine = Confusion


  • Hi everyone! What a fantastic website! Looking forward to getting to know you all and having a great time chatting about wine! It's such a pity that it's very difficult for us down here in South Africa to get American wines... I'm trying my best though, recently got my sweaty palms on some Ridge Santa Cruz Cabernet and some Haskell Shiraz. Love... Read More

    Forum post in the topic New member from South Africa


  • Hi, I am hosting a varietal wine tasting for 6 people. This is my first, I'm a total newbie as are all my guests. I'm wondering how many different labels I should have in my tasting and then how many bottles of each for six people. This will be a blind tasting and I want to throw in a Merlot or other varietal to shake things up. Also, this n... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wine tasting help


  • Weissburgunder Autrieth Osterrike Niederosterreich Vita Viner. Friska & Fruktiga. Torra Weissburgunder 2007

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    Solid white wine from a wholesale wine maker Read More

    Wine review by wolszczak


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