2010 Skylark "Orsi Vineyard" Mendocino County Pinot Blanc

SKU #1087801

A collaboration between the wine directors at Boulevard Restaurant in San Francisco, Skylark Wine Company began with a single barrel of Syrah in 2002. With ensuing success they have expanded to produce a range of wines from local Northern California sites that are styled to be approachable and food-friendly while showing a sense of origin. Enter the 2010 Skylark "Orsi Vineyard" Pinot Blanc. Sourced from old Pinot Blanc vines from a site just outside of Hopland in Mendocino County, this clean, refreshing white is all about pure fruit flavors and balanced acidity in a style that has more in common with the Pinot Blancs of Alsace than typically found in warmer climates. The long and cool 2010 vintage made it possible for the full development of aroma and flavor from these special old vines, while preserving high natural acidity in the fruit. This lovely Pinot Blanc exhibits delicate pear, apple, and white flower aromas and flavors, with leesey undertones and a hint of grapefruit. It is round and full in the mouth, fanning outward along the palate with focused acidity towards a dry, chrystalline finish. It is delicious on its own, but really shows well with food, especially creamy or exotically spiced dishes, and has the body to complement fish and white meats.

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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.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Anderson Valley/Mendocino

- Cooled by the nearby ocean and the seemingly omnipresent bank of oceanic fog, this picturesque wine region is home to a wealth of cool-climate grapes like riesling and gewürztraminer plus chardonnay and pinor noir, which are responsible for impressive and intense sparkling wines.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5