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Italy known for good large, co-operative wineries. (A few good co-ops exist in other regions, but not lots of them in one region.) This top-notch wine comes from the co-op Erste + Neue, which is right in the center of Caldaro, one of the small towns on the "Wine Road" south of Bolzano. They make the range of white wines that you would expect, Sauvignon, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris (and an excellent Müller Thurgau). Gerhard Sanin, the enologist for E+N, favors a bright, restrained winemaking style that really allows this place and these varieties to shine.
A delightful blend of 70% Chardonnay and 30% Pinot Blanc, from the village of Corgoloin.
According to the winery: "Our Pinot Blanc is produced from our usual Pinot Blanc and Auxerrois blend (35%/65%) originating from both Herrenweg vineyard (50%) and Rotenberg vineyard (50%). This combination works perfectly as the later ripening red limestone of the Rotenberg brings structure and acidity, whether the warm precocious alluvial Herrenweg brings richness and aromatics. Pinot Blanc will probably become more important as it keeps better acidity balance in warm vintages. In 2013, there was no such concern and it was easy to obtain the perfect bala... Read More »
Wine Enthusiast: "A new brand produced by the Sparr family, Baumann’s fruit comes from Riquewihr. This easy Pinot Gris is soft and medium sweet, with attractive hints of spice and minerality. It’s a ripe wine, finished with acidity. Drink now." (4/2015)
Praise for the producer from Wine Advocate: "Burgundy or Oregon–what really matters is that Cameron produces some of the latter's finest Pinot Noir and in winemaker John Paul, one of its most erudite, principled, forward-thinking/traditional and charismatic personalities that I encountered during my time there...Cameron is one of Oregon's most artisan wineries, yet I suspect that many of the principles applied by John Paul will become passim with time: the emphasis on dry organic farming, the notion of a thriving ecosystem in the vineyard and the intermi... Read More »
Quiet, focused, precise, and passionate. These words describe Hanjörg Rebholz and his wines perfectly. He reminds us a lot of Franconian vintner Paul Fürst, and both men are revered highly by winemaking colleagues throughout Germany. Each has a self assured presence, and please don't waste your breath telling them Germany can't make dry wine. In fact, in Germany, Fürst and Rebholz are regarded as two of Germany's greatest dry wine estates. They are masters within their respective regions. This wine shows earthy minerals, aromas of ash and spiced melon. O... Read More »
This white is soft, creamy and lush, a bit reminiscent of lemon meringue pie, with sweet citrus scents and flavors wrapped in spice. Delicious on its own, this is not a wine that needs a three-course meal to taste good. Try it as an alternative to Chardonnay at your next party. Pinot Blanc has a long tradition in Alsace, and this is an easy-going example to get to know.
This very small production of Pinot Blanc is only bottled in these elegant little half bottles (375 ml) and Magnums (1.5L) because, according to the folks at Robert Sinskey, "you should either start with it, or party with it... there is no in-between!" Might we add, picnic with it? This 100% organic and biodynamic Pinot Blanc was fermented in stainless steel to preserve its natural freshness and pure varietal character. The delicate aromas and flavors and richness on the palate balanced by clean acidity make it the perfect pairing for fried seafood or fi... Read More »
90 points Wine Enthusiast: "The wine is rich, full in the mouth and delicious. With its creamy texture, baked apple flavors and sprinkling of spice, it’s a dense and ripe wine that could be drunk now, but which will be better in 2016." (12/2014) Wine Spectator: "Floral and lightly honeyed, this fresh white is focused by racy acidity and a streak of stony mineral. Lacy and lithe, with ripe apricot and blood orange notes. Drink now through 2017." (10/2014)
An explosion of aromas welcome you; apricot, banana and lychee combine with notes of apple on the nose. An invitingly fresh tangerine flavor is followed by grapefruit and lime zest.
88-90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Due to be bottled in December, the rarely seen 2013 Nuits St Georges la Gerbotte has a perfumed white peach and apricot blossom-scented bouquet that is well defined and vigorous. The palate is rounded and generous on the entry with light honeyed tones, with hints of caramel toward the finish, where I would like to see a little more acidity. Let’s see how this turns out once in bottle." (12/2014)
Inventory: Main Warehouse
92 points Wine Enthusiast: "Ripe, tropical overtones of mango and passion fruit accompany the more usual ripe pear notes of this concentrated wine. There are mineral hints on the palate, where weight, flavor and freshness are in perfect accord. This is lovely now but will age very gracefully." (3/2015)
94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "One of my favorite white wines from Northern Italy, the 2011 Alto Adige Pinot Bianco Riserva Vorberg is dazzling and impressive on both the nose and in the mouth. It offers a full package of varietal purity with aromas of pear, quince, Golden Delicious apple and honeysuckle. Aged 12 months in large oak casks, it imparts a seductively rich and creamy texture on the long finish. This beauty promises to age ten years or more and will develop more mineral nuances as it continues its bottle evolution. (ML)" (10/2014) K&L Notes: From Alto Adige, here is a Pinot Bianco that... Read More »
Inventory: Redwood City
94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Harvested with 90° oechsle in the last week of October in the old Vols vineyard and picked without any botrytis the white-green colored 2013 Wiltinger Riesling Spatlese Vols II opens with a cool, fresh, limey, very mineral and initially fruit-reduced bouquet (which reveals fine Riesling flavors after a while in the glass), indicating concentration but asking for aeration. Sweet, dense, complex and very piquant on the palate this tightly woven, citric fresh Riesling should be stored at lest for 10 years. This is a Riesling you don’t care about whether it ...Read More »
Inventory: San Francisco