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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.
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
91 points Wine Enthusiast: "Appetizing, flinty notes of woodsmoke mingle with green pear and unite into wonderful concentration on the linear palate. A rounded but toned wine, with some muscle and an almost phenolic grip, this calls out for food and will be a worthy accompaniment for white meats. Wonderful apple-dominated and prolonged finish." (5/2014) Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "White peach, ripe pear and herbal aromas are complemented by a minty nuance. Crisp yellow apple flavor displays energetic spice on the palate, along with an earthy nuance and a slightly rough edge. The unctuous finish is bright and ra ...Read More »
Inventory: Main Warehouse
Vignobles des 2 Lunes -- or "Vineyard of the Two Moons" -- produces organic and biodynamic wines in Alsace.
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."
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.
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.
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 »
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 »
Inventory: San Francisco
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)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Pinot Blanc Réserve is an assemblage of 70% Auxerrois and 30% Pinot Blanc from the bottom of Altenbourg. Intensely fruity and crisp, with ripe yellow apple aromas, Granny Smith and some lemon flavors, the wine opens very clear and precise on the nose. Full-bodied and round on the palate, this is a very elegant and well balanced, fruit intense Pinot with a nice grip, freshness and an aromatic finish. Some stimulating salinity here as well. (SR)" (10/2015) Vinous: "Bright straw. Clean aromas of grapefruit, white flowers and anise. Juicy, bright and pure, sho ...Read More »
Inventory: Redwood City
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)
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!"
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)"
Inventory: Main Warehouse
Inventory: Main Warehouse