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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  • 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

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  • 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

  • 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

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


    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

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  • After reading some of your comments here ( ) 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

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