When I first started this blog, I did a post on wine for any day of the week. I recently read an article in Sunset Magazine about a special white Pinot Noir that is being produced in Oregon and may be the kind of wine you save for a special day of the week. Pino Blanc has been produced in France for years but typically with lower quality grapes that didn’t fully ripen. However, winemakers in Oregon are now starting to dabble in this process and are producing some 80 and 90 point wines.
Here is a list of some of the best of Oregon’s Pinot Blancs courtesy of Wine Enthusiast. They are not easy to find and may require you to sign up for one of the wineries clubs. If you spot an Oregon Pinot Blanc on a wine list at a restaurant or in your local wine shop, you might want to give it a try.
Also check out this article from The Register Guard.
I am not a wine expert by any stretch of the imagination but it’s fun to learn about new things that are happening in the world of viticulture !
92 Thistle 2010 Pinot Blanc, Dundee Hills; $16
Spectacular Oregon Pinot Blanc, showing ripe citrus, fresh herb, wet rock and a lick of honey, all elegantly and seamlessly wrapped into a subtle and complex whole. Made from organic grapes fermented and aged entirely in stainless steel. Editors’ Choice.
90 Grochau Cellars 2010 Pinot Blanc, Willamette Valley; $16
A high acid, still ripe style, with a tight mix of apple, lemon and other citrus. There is a pleasing floral component as well.
87 Chateau Bianca 2009 Estate Pinot Blanc, Willamette Valley; $12
There are some elegant floral highlights on the nose, leading into a fairly substantial mouthful of mixed citrus, apricot and peach fruit. Bigger than most Oregon Pinot Blancs, this has a round, fruity flavor with a hint of sweetness. Best Buy.
87 J. Scott Cellars 2010 Pinot Blanc, Willamette Valley; $15
Tart to the edge of sour, this is made for hot weather drinking. Lemon, lime and sour orange fruit with plenty of acidity and a solid, clean, crisp finish.
87 Spindrift Cellars 2010 Pinot Blanc, Willamette Valley; $15
The low alcohol suggests either grapes that were barely ripe, or some significant residual sugar. Flavors don’t seem too green, certainly not vegetal, more to the citrus and fresh herb side of the spectrum. If there is residual sugar it is masked by the acidity, and so you have a mellow, round, citrusy, mouth-pleasing all-purpose white wine.
87 Left Coast Cellars 2009 Left Bank Pinot Blanc, Willamette Valley; $18
Quite fruity and refreshing, this fruit-forward Pinot Blanc mixes lemon drop and citrus hard candy fruits in a stylish, well-defined wine. Finishes firm with good grip.