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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  • According to the Wine Institute, in 2015, eighty-three percent of wine from the United States was made from grapes grown in California. Clearly, the world wine stage has welcomed California bottles with opened arms. Wine lovers from around the world clamor for access to California wines. They journey to the state’s many celebrated regions with g... Read More

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  • Albert Mann Pinot Blanc Alsace Aoc Pinot Blanc Auxerrois 2014

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    Tropical fruits on the nose with high but not biting acid and a long delicate finish. Read More

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  • Single vineyard Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir are the order of the day at ... ... Estate Chardonnay and Estate Pinot Blanc. MA: What are your general preferences/thoughts when it comes to oak?Barrels can be used as great tools to help define wine style and I’ve been fortunate to learn a lot about them. Provided they are used in the right manner, t... Read More

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  • OT  - you know those wines?  It was well-made, I'm not knocking that part. I can see it being really appealing to some folks. But it was a ripe Sonoma Pinot Noir, and if that's all I could get, I'd probably switch to root beer. Something about it just makes me want to gag. For people who like it though, it's where you back up the truck.They had ... Read More

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  • Looking for a really full bodied red wine - the more robust the better, up to $150ish. Thanks!   Read More

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  • Riesling could be eclipsing Chardonnay as a go-to white wine grape for wine drinkers. My definition of wine drinkers here includes folks who don’t drink wine on a regular basis, but know a few grapes by name when ordering at a restaurant or picking up a bottle for a special occasion. This says a whole lot about Riesling. Many perfectly fine indi... Read More

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  • Just got another box of Mike Smith's wines, and have noticed the ABV's are in a reasonable space for today's super ripe Napa market. Maybe it's just the wines I tend to buy from Mike's labels, as he has said he likes the challenge of making higher ABV wines drink in a balanced way.This could have been a PM to OT, but I figured others would be in... Read More

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  • Nice looking pizza, MJET. Calling Stephen! Any experience with the wines I ... ... really a joy—half pinot blanc, half chard so a different blanc de blancs which could duke it out with a lot of champagnes. Plenty of complexity beyond the brioche. This all from memory. Wasn’t exactly the kind of gathering conducive to note taking…        NCAA M... Read More

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  • Last day in wine country (actually yesterday). Well this is it for this trip as far as being in the vineyards goes, might as well go out big. Started the day quite proper with a morning excursion to Iron Horse and their sampling of bubbles.  We've made this a must do since ever since our first pre-noon foray back in 2010.  Absolutely nothing as ... Read More

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