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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  • Ok, new year and time for a new topic of discussion.  Just yesterday I opened this Pinot Noir from California that initially sounded promising.  First  - it was given to Sandra as a retirement gift so it was free.  Second - a Pinot Noir bottled in St. Helena CA, so it has to be decent, right? and Third - a nice looking label.  Well, this 2014 Me... Read More

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  • Little known by most wine consumers, Saint Bris is an unusual wine that seems to break the rules of tradition in Bourgogne. Most Bourgogne lovers are seduced by the beauty of barrel fermented Chardonnay from the finer AOPs of Meursault, Chassagne Montrachet and Puligny Montrachet. Or the legendary Pinot Noirs of Gevrey Chambertin and Chambolle M... Read More

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  • “When was the land first used to grow grapes?” This is a common question addressed to New World wine regions. The United States, in all of her blushing youth, wears a thirty year-old vineyard plot like a badge of honor. But to ask the same question in Italy’s Franciacorta wine region would be absurd. Grape growing has been a part of life in the ... Read More

    From the article Northern Italy's Big Little Secret Wine Region Is Making History


  • DM, I bought a mixed case to try out the following, at $13 per bottle for the 1st three and $10 per bottle for the rest, all were well worth the price for a weekday wine:ChardonnayWhite BlancGewurztraminerMuscat BlancPinot GrisPinot NoirSyrah  Read More

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  • It’s getting to be that time of year when everything seems to be dedicated to stuffing -- from our tummies to stockings…to our skinny jeans! What if the holidays were different? What if you began the tradition of blissfully delicious health and wellness at your feast? Most of us cook for bigger crowds than normal and experience a minor (or major... Read More

    From the article New Holiday Food & Wine Traditions


  • Winter's Hill Estate Pinot Blanc Dundee Hills 2014

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    Mineral and saline notes on the nose with dried apricot and green apple. In the mouth it's quite acidic and full of citrus flavors, mostly lemon and grapefruit with more saline and a bit of emollience coming later on in the form of a silky mouthfeel.3/5 Read More

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  • Yes, for the record Betz is superior for the Bordeaux blends. Sinskey for the Rose, Pinot Blanc, and though their Reds also seem interesting, just not quite up to Betz level. Read More

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  • RBA, do yourself a favor and buy the entire Robert Sinskey range of wines, even ... producer, glad you liked the Pinot Blanc.Betz and Sinskey for that matter, with both of those labels you're definitely drinking far better than average win Read More

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  • Tramin Pinot Bianco Alto Adige 2013

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    Floral and perfumed aromas of rose petal and orange blossom with fresh lemon notes. This pops with acidity in the mouth is very fresh with bright peach notes, juicy green apple and melon on the finish. A refreshing wine that is flavorful and enjoyable.90 pts Read More

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  • I guess I am like many people living in the U.S. since I am not entirely sure ... sure ... 91-93 Points. Pinot Blanc is a bit of a redheaded stepchild in Alsace—it does not have the Grand Cru status of Riesling, Pinot Gris, and Gewurztraminer, so it has at best second tier status. Having said that, there are some wonderful Pinot Blancs made i... Read More

    From the article The Wine in Your Blindspot: Alsace


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