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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    Surprisingly flavoursome; full-bodied and very racy, rich in extract and with a fruity acidity st...

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  • Winter's Hill Vineyard Dundee Hills Pinot Blanc 2013


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    Wine review by anchca

  • It's that very radiation that gave GregT his super powers.  (Hey, ... ... My reading of the article on Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris as offshoots of PN was that vitis vinifera had just two layers to its apical meristem and that this encouraged chimerism and "branching" of the clones.  But it looks like no one really knows exactly the mechanism wh... Read More

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  • Perhaps we could use a place to share recent purchases...Here are some '12 Burlotto Langhe Nebbiolo, which came highly recommended from a trusted friend who just got back from a month in Italy. I'm not seeing many available in the States quite yet, but was happy to find these locally. Read More

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  • With the authority of NG behind me, what can I say. She's the only one who ... DNA profile. And Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, and Meunier also have the same DNA profile as Pinot Noir. They are all clones of the same variety: Pinot.”So ultimately, I guess you never get a new variety. But I bet 99 percent of the population, including wine makers, wil... Read More

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  • Tiefenbrunner Pinot Grigio 2012


    Really nice Italian pinot grigio. A bit more stone fruit and softer acidity than your normal pinot gris. This comes across more like a Napa Sauv Blanc, well balanced and fresh but not overly citrusy. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • GregT, I know the difference between genotype and phenotype.  We may share ... reveals that Pinot gris and Pinot blanc arose independently from the ancestral Pinot noir, suggesting a novel parallel evolutionary model. This proposed ‘Pinot-model’ represents a breakthrough towards the full understanding of the mechanisms behind the formation of w... Read More

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  • I think OT is right. You have genotypes and phenotypes. The genotype is what ... naming, we get confused. If Pinot Blanc and Gris and Noir are all the same, they're all the same plant variety. However, we use the term "variety" differently when we're horticulturists or common folk. So we call Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir different grape varieties... Read More

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  • Nice examples here!  And GregT takes the prize for his massive collection. I don't "track" my cellar online (or on paper), but I prolly only have ~250 bottles on hand, and like VV, some are what I term "postponements"... those wines I just don't seem in the mood for, but I hold them because they are great bottles.  (Hint- they are mostly cabs in... Read More

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  • As we start to soak in the warm rays of the spring time sun our thoughts obviously turn to the lighter wines, and accompanying fare that will grace our tables for months to come. While we tend to get ahead our ourselves, who hasn’t resolutely sat outside as the temperature plunged to their springtime lows, it is nice to start thinking of how we’... Read More

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  • Different clones do have small mutations, it's what makes them ... to ampelographers, Pinot blanc and pinot noir are the same grape, but they've gone far enough afield that they are cultivated separately and labeled separately.  Grenache blanc and grenache noir are considered the same grape, but ampelographers are not so sure about ganratxa pel... Read More

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