Sunday, February 27, 2011
Valley of the Moon Pinot Blanc 2008
Trying to trace the lineage of wine grapes can challenge even the most serious oenologist/genealogist.
Pinot blanc is a white grape that is a genetic mutation of pinot grigio, which itself is a mutation of the red grape pinot noir. It's used more in blends than as a stand-alone varietal.
Grown in the cool climate zones of the Russian River Valley and southern Sonoma County of California, this wine is cool fermented in stainless steel before some portions are aged in French oak and acacia barrels.
There's plenty of floral and orchard aromas that reveals citrus and stone fruit flavors balanced in a crisp, acidic light body.
Sherry: "A refreshing glass full of lime and honeydew melon with mineral on the finish." 3 stars
Chris: "Honeysuckle bouquet, flavors of pineapple and citrus fruit, and a surprise cherry taste on the back end." 3 stars
Available locally for about $13.
Coming next week: Folie a' Deux Zinfandel
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