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Fromage Blanc
Mt. Lassen
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A widely grown varietal, yet Pinot Blanc is far from becoming an international superstar. It makes pleasant wines, mostly in the flavor profile of light-bodied chardonnays. It's mainly planted in Europe with the bulk of it in Alsace, Italy, Germany and Austria. It's gaining some ground in British Columbia and Oregon, but no one has produced one that's gained much attention. There's enough of them on the market to try and they are certainly affordable ($10-$20 range), however, I've yet to encounter one that's made we want to buy it again. They're enjoyable, but rarely memorable.

WHAT TO EXPECT: Each region has it's own style, but for the most part, Pinot Blanc is a light-bodied, fruity wine with pear and apple flavors and occasional notes of spice or minerality, depending on terroir. Soft, creamy and full, yet with some acidity to keep it fresh and lively.


spacer.gif2011 Maysara Winery Autees Pinot Blanc, Willamette Valley, ORRATING: ***
spacer.gif2010 Erath Winery Quail Run Pinot Blanc, Southern OregonRATING: **
spacer.gif2010 The Eyrie Vineyards Pinot Blanc, McMinnville, ORRATING: **
spacer.gif2010 Ken Wright Cellars Pinot Blanc, Willamette Valley, ORRATING: ***
spacer.gif2009 Kabaj Winery Beli Pinot Blanc, Goriška Brda, SloveniaRATING: **
spacer.gif2009 Noble Pig Pinot Blanc, McMinnville, ORRATING: **
spacer.gif2008 Donati Family Vineyards Pinot Blanc, Paso Robels, CARATING: **
spacer.gif2007 Venica & Venica Collio Pinot Bianco, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, ItalyRATING: **
spacer.gif2006 Alma Rosa Pinot Blanc, Santa Barbara, CARATING: *
spacer.gif2006 Domaine Albert Mann Pinot Blanc, Alsace, FranceRATING: **
spacer.gif2006 Tangent Winery Pinot Blanc, Arroyo Grande, CARATING: **
spacer.gif2005 Pierre Sparr Pinot Blanc Reserve, Alsace, FranceRATING: **

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**** Outstanding | *** Delicious | ** Enjoyable | * Drinkable
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