Jenise wrote:Last night I opened an 04 Pinot Blanc from Oregon's St. Innocent winery. A little spicy and slightly off-dry, I had to put an ice cube in my glass to chill off the sweetness and make the wine the drinkable, refreshing white I had in mind when I opened the bottle.
Jenise wrote:It's the most useless, boring, white wine grape I know.
Jenise wrote:But Bob, just think--if they rip out the pinot blanc in Alsace, then they can grow even more reisling and gewurz. Wouldn't that be a good thing?
Jenise wrote:Have I ever had a pinot blanc that made me go wow?
Jenise wrote: All have seemed like lesser versions of something else, and none have shown me any unique personality that suggests that we wouldn't all be better off without this grape and paying more attention to interesting white grapes that there aren't enough of, like arneis and verdejo and romorantin.
All on board?
MarkE wrote:There's a reason why some call it pinot bland. Most of them are indeed insipid. But get yourself an Albert Boxler's PB you'd change your mind like I did; IMO it sets the standard for PB anywhere, with a nice balance of fruit, minerals and acidity.
Arnt Egil Nordlien wrote:Jenise wrote:Have I ever had a pinot blanc that made me go wow?
TN:Cantina Terlan pinot bianco 1980
Thanks to Paolo Lolli, for letting me have both his bottles to come straight from Cantina Terlan. Unfortunately the label was almost destroyed, so I don't know if there is more info to add to the name. The straw colour was a very healthy and young looking. Fresh nose, a bit shy at first, but with air, showing very beautiful and complex. Floral, smokey background and very minerally. Medium bodied and elegant in the mouth. Surprisingly young and crisp style. But with an evolved floral and mineral fruit. Good length. Great wine. Fantastic food-wine.
There was also some recently released '66 around. Unfortunately I did not have a chance to taste it.
Jenise wrote: I've had a gamut of them, from the not-quite-chard style of California's Chalone Vineyards to this not-quite-pinot-gris style from St. Innocent.
Vines sometimes excellin certain areas and are only so-so in other areas. Is your comment aimed only at California & Oregon Pinot Blancs, or are you damning the variety wherever it is grown?
And Weissburgunder is Pinot Blanc? Ah, this I did not know.
Steve Edmunds wrote:Pinot Blancs I've really enjoyed include Cameron in Willamette Valley, Jermann, in Friuli, and Domaine Ponsot in Burgundy. All, I believe, are wines worthy of your attention; they're marvelous.
Bob Parsons Alberta. wrote:Jenise, what about the Cedar Creek PB? A very nice white from the Okanagan. And yup, Alsace rocks!!!!
Any birding activity out your way?
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