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2012 Vignalta Agno Casto $24.99
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.
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."
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.”
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)"
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.
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 »
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)
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.
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!"
Austrian Heidi Schröck makes luscious, complex wines that have won the hearts of critics and wine geeks alike. Her Pinot Blanc is sourced from vines up 35 years old. Grapes are hand picked, fermented in stainless steel, then the juice is aged on its lees. It is dry, with gorgeous body and nuance. From importer Terry Theise: "Some years these are oyster-shell-y and some years they’re more buxom and flowery, but it’s best if you can split the difference. This shows a fetching aroma, leesy, acacia, langoustines, the sexiest Pinot Blanc from Heidi in several... Read More »
Vignobles des 2 Lunes -- or "Vineyard of the Two Moons" -- produces organic and biodynamic wines in Alsace.
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 »
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 »
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 »
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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 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Clear, pure, deep and elegant, this wine has the smokehouse and sweet marjoram flavors that you can also pick up in the Riesling of this cru. The 2014 Im Sonnenschein Weisser Burgunder GG is a very elegant, juicy and aromatic Pinot Blanc with a nice juiciness, fruit intensity and a long, salty finish. The wine has more power and is richer and creamy at this early stage than the sibling from the Mandelberg, showing more tannins; it should be aged for at least another five years. If there is a Pinot Blanc in the Rebholz portfolio that could eventually gain ...Read More »
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