2011 Pyramid Valley Vineyards Pinot Blanc Marlborough (Biodynamic)

SKU #1160211 93 points James Suckling

 The fearless pursuit of character in this wine has taken pinot blanc to an almost unfathomable depth of lusciousness and ripeness. With ample shape and proportion, this hedonistic take on an usually discreet variety oozes ripe yellow fruits and carries a wild, meaty edge with a sweet, pastry-like finish. Drink now.  (10/2014)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Pale straw color with delicate aromas of honeyed peaches and lemon tart over nuances of straw and toasted almonds, the full-bodied 2011 Growers Collection Pinot Blanc is concentrated with a lovely, oily viscosity to the texture along with just enough acid to balance the richness through a long, savory, honey-laced finish. Drink it now to 2017+.  (10/2013)

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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.

New Zealand

- New Zealand is an extremely diverse wine-growing nation. The long history of producing wine started in the 1830s with wineries such as Mission Estate (1850) and Te Mata Estate (1896) still producing wine today. The two islands hold a multitude of different growing climates ranging from warmer areas such as Hawke’s Bay to very cool regions such as Waitaki, and Awatere. Most regions are defined as Maritime with the exception being Central Otago that has a moderate Continental climate with the high elevation creating dramatic diurnal swings in temperature. The plethora of grapes grown in New Zealand reflects this diverse microclimate make up. Everything has a place here, Bordeaux varietals and Syrah in Hawke’s Bay, Chardonnay and Pinot in Nelson, Pinot Noir and Riesling in Central Otago , aromatic whites in Waipara and pretty much everything you can imagine in Marlborough. New Zealand is also one of the “greenest” wine producing nations on earth (94% of wine certified sustainable in 2013) with a strong focus on organic and Biodynamic farming.