2008 Lucien Albrecht "Balthazar" Pinot Blanc Reserve

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Named for Balthazar Albrecht, one of the fouding fathers of this well-regarded estate. This is a serious white to consider for your Thanksgiving meal, as it delivers amazing complexity and body (think white Burgundy) at a very reasonable cost. This wine, made 100% from Pinot Blanc, is unoaked and fresh with a soft totally dry apple fruit and layers of subtle mineral and fine acid. A killer white with turkey and all the trimmings.

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By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/28/2009 | Send Email
I have to take my beret, ok, cap, off to the brilliant Eric Story for bringing yet another deliriously astonishing white wine to our lucky K&L clientele! This dry Alsatian novelty fairly bastes the palate with full, supple fruit, white flowers and a lingering mineral succulence that makes an excellent match for grilled mountain trout or white meats from thick-cut pork chops to turkey breast. And to think this is the wine (back label) that the Albrecht clan drinks with "casual family meals"....

By: Mahon McGrath | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/28/2009 | Send Email
Recently, a bunch of hedgehog mushrooms unexpectedly came my way. While wild mushrooms and wine can be a wonderful synergistic pairing, those with a more delicate flavor, like hedgehogs, can easily be overwhelmed. I knew I needed to pair them with a wine on the lighter side, something un-oaked, that nevertheless had a hint of richness and some softness to bring out the best in the mushrooms. Albrecht's '08 "Balthazar" fulfilled that role admirably. It has fresh, ripe flavors of apple and pear, which expands just a bit on the mid-palate, picking up a nice roundness before going light and refreshing on the finish. The versatility factor is high here — this Pinot Blanc is good company, able to unobtrusively make everything around it seem better without calling too much attention to itself. Pair this with chicken, lighter fish, scallops, pork, turkey... it also can't hurt that the Balthazar does it for a bargain price!

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Varietal:

Pinot Blanc

- Also known as Pinot Bianco in Italy and Weissburgunder in Germany and Austria, Pinot Blanc is thought to be a mutation of Pinot Gris (which is said to be a lighter mutation of Pinot Noir). While the varietal's roots are Burgundian (it was frequently confused with Chardonnay throughout history) it is rare there these days, instead finding its best iterations in France's Alsace, Germany's Pfalz and Baden, Austria's Wachau and in Italy's Trentino-Alto Adige, Veneto, Friuli and Lombardy winegrowing regions. It produces full-bodied whites with relatively high acidity, yeasty citrus and appley aromas and flavors and hints of spice. Aged Pinot Blancs take on lovely honeyed tones.
Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.
Sub-Region:

Alsace

- A region and appellation in France that has been a part of both France and Germany throughout history. Geologically isolated from both countries, Alsace has also maintained much of its own culture and wine tradition, while also being influenced by the traditions of both countries. Alsatian wine is easily recognized by it traditional tall bottles. Alsatian wine makers produce a unique style of varietal wine, 90 percent of which is white.