2014 Cameron "Giovanni" Dundee Hills Pinot Blanc

SKU #1220613

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 intermingling of clones to name but three...They [the wines] showed a natural poise that imbue his wines with that Burgundy-like precision, often akin to a fine Vosne-Romanée. I tasted Cameron's 2013 directly from barrel and these already show immense potential. What I appreciated here was the "energy flow" in these wines. Without wishing to get all "hippy" on readers, a great Pinot Noir seems to be wired to the mainline, distinguished by a nascent energy that can take years and years to expire in a great wine. And it was tangible here–wines that electrified (an apt description don't you think?) the senses." (NM, 03/2015)

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Staff Image By: Gary Norton | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/30/2015 | Send Email
K&L is one of the only (if not the only) wine retailers to carry Cameron's "Giovanni" Pinot Blanc, as the lion's share of it goes directly to restaurants. It shows pineapple and white peach on the attack and tapers into long zippy finish. This is a very special wine that won't be here for long!

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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.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- Highly touted for its Pinot Noirs, Oregon is part of the up-and-coming winemaking industry in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Most of Oregon is directly affected by the climate coming off of the Pacific Ocean, giving it mild winters and wet summers. This makes it a difficult place to ripen grapes, but some say that the harder grapes have to struggle, the more complex they will turn out to be. Chardonnay and Pinot Gris are two important and successful grapes grown in Oregon.
Alcohol Content (%): 12.3