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2012 Vignalta Agno Casto $24.99
91 points Vinous: "A wine of precision and nuance, the 2015 Terlaner Classico once again shows why this is one of Alto Adige's most compelling and delicious wines. The Pinot Blanc/Chardonnay/Sauvignon Blanc blend that has worked so well here for decades yields a white endowed with striking focus. White flowers, lemon peel, ripe orchard fruit, apricot pit, almond, mint and chamomile form a super-appealing fabric of aromas, flavors and textures. There is a lot to like here. The Terlano has a level of precision that none of these varieties show on their own. Then again, that ...Read More »
From the producer: "From generation to generation the same quality philosophy drives us, but also rigor and passion. We do not leave anything to chance. The quality is achieved by a lot of effort put together, whether in the vineyards, in the cellar but also through communicating with our customers and giving them a fun time."
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91 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Editors' Choice* Harmonious and beautifully balanced, this brings intensity, depth and detail to its layered and ripe tree-fruit flavors. Added notes of lemon zest and a dollop of honey keep the interest level climbing. (PG)" (10/2015) Wine Spectator: "Bright and sleek, with pretty pear and floral flavors on a tangy frame. (HS, Web-2015)"
Monterey's first winery sits atop the Gavilan Mountains and boasts vines planted in the highly-desirable granite and limestone soils found there. Perhaps this is why winemaker Robert Cook says, Chalone isn’t a label; it’s a place on earth.
Wine & Spirits: "Round and peppery with extract, this tastes of the variety with its honey, saddle soap and wet stone notes. Clean, brisk and pleasantly creamy, it’s ready to chill for cracked crab." (12/2015) Wine Spectator: "A crisp, stony white, with hints of pear, lemon zest, spring blossom and crunchy white peach. Drink now. (AB, Web-2015)"
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.
2012 Vignalta Manzoni Bianco ‘Agno Casto’ Riserva Vignalta The indigenous Veneto variety Manzoni Bianco was created in the 1930s by Professor Luigi Manzoni of the enology school in Conegliano by crossing Pinot Bianco with Riesling. Fermentation for stainless steel; Aged 10 months in steel tanks and 6 months in bottle
92 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Editors' Choice* Deep and rich in this landmark Oregon vintage, this Pinot Blanc abounds with flavors of buttered pears, toast and vanilla custard. The texture and balance are spot-on, and the wine is flat-out delicious. (PG)" (2/2016) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Pinot Blanc Estate, which went through full malolactic, has a light but attractive bouquet with yellow plum, melon and waxy scents that are nicely defined, but will clearly need a couple of years to develop. The palate is well balanced with a slightly waxy texture, a touch of lemongrass, pralines and a little marzi ...Read More »
92 points James Suckling: "This is very tight and steely with sliced lemon, apple and pear. Full-bodied, dry and beautiful." (9/2015) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Pinot Blanc Mise du Printemps -- a ripe and fruit-intense yet refreshing blend of Auxerrois and Pinot Blanc, grown in the plain between Wintzenheim and Turckheim -- is a pretty dry, grippy, uncomplicated but characterful white to match spring dishes. White peach and flower aromas on the aromatic nose lead to a soft first impression on the palate, but the wine soon reveals its creamy intensity, power and stimulating freshness. This is an open- ...Read More »
The Schmitt's village is located in the far northern part of the Bas Rhin province about 25 kilometers west of Strasbourg. Although not as picturesque as the quaint villages further south in the Haut Rhin, Bergbieten produces some of the most remarkable wines in all of Alsace. The soil is gravelly limestone, which provides perfect drainage during wet periods, reflects the sunlight well during cool, sunny weather, and remains moist in dry spells. The Schmitts vinify their wines in the traditional style. This means a cool fermentation of a hand picked harv... Read More »
93 points Wine & Spirits: "As crisp as alpine air, this brisk and beautiful white has a scent of lemon zest and chalk; the overall aromatic impression is of purity and freshness. The flavors deliver a slightly broader fruit complement, melon with a spritz of lemon, with a thrilling peppery acidity that keeps the wine zesty and lifted. Great as an aperitif, or you could pair it with something light, like lemon sole." (8/2015) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Pinot Blanc, from the Chehalem Mountains, has one of the best aromatics for this grape variety that I encountered in Oregon with lively citrus fruit, c ...Read More »
Vinous: "Pale straw. Aromas of white stone fruits, white flowers and minerals. Then more Auxerrois-dominated on the palate, with hints of honey and sweet spices mingling with flavors of chamomile and white stone fruits. Finishes bright and persistent. This wine is 70% Auxerrois and 30% Pinot Blanc, but it used to be a 50/50 blend; with the 2007 vintage, the Auxerrois was increased to make a rounder and less fruity wine that would be more flexible at the table. Yearly production is roughly 80,000 bottles, and this is Schlumberger’s bestselling wine. “It’s very imp ...Read More »
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Pinot Blanc Estate Grown comes from vines planted in 1992 at Bethel Heights. It has a well-defined nose that demonstrated a little more delineation than the 2015 Pinot Gris tasted alongside. The palate is fresh and crisp with a citrus-driven opening...A pleasant drop of white Oregon wine...(NM)" (6/2016)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The pale yellow 2014 Pinot Blanc Nature'S displays clear, bright and fresh pear, apple and citrus aromas on the nose. Crisp and straight on the palate, this is a linear and bone dry Pinot Blanc with a grippy finish. Not much meat on the bones which are obviously made from limstone. (SR)" (9/2015) K&L Notes: Organically farmed from vineyard plots around Ribeauvillé.
Vignobles des 2 Lunes -- or "Vineyard of the Two Moons" -- produces organic and biodynamic wines in Alsace.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Giovanni Pinot Blanc is supplemented by Chardonnay and Pinot Gris (20%) from vines planted between 1980 and 1983. It has a clean and pure bouquet with lime flower and white peach scents. The palate is balanced with a soft entry, smooth with a waxy texture, perhaps needing just a little more fruité on the spicy finish. (NM)" (6/2016)
Producer Note: "Fulfilling aromas and flavors of fresh pears, apricots, casaba melon and a hint of mineral-like complexity complimented by tart notes of kaffir lime. Though this wine sees no oak, it has a slight essence of yeasty toast. It starts lively on the palate then evolves into a round lengthy mouthfeel with a bright, refreshing finish. It is incredibly complex in its natural simplicity. This Pinot Blanc only comes in half-bottles and magnums, because you should either start with it or party with it!"
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)
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