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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Paul Blanck Pinot Blanc d'Alsace 2011 - The Magic Continues

Paul Blanck Pinot Blanc d'Alsace 2011 - The Magic Continues
Alsace delivers a delicious, complex AND easy drinking wine.

Pinot Blanc from Alsace, France.

SRP of $15 and available for as low as $9 but more typically around $13. Sample submitted for review.

From the winery:
"A wine for cheese: goat's milk cheese, dry goat's milk cheese with olives. Polenta with butter and cheese or seafood risotto. Ricotta cannelloni, savory crepes, gnocchi with cheese, cream or seafood sauce, macaroni and cheese, pasta with cheese, cream, alfredo or seafood sauce, pizza with Canadian bacon and pineapple or white with no tomato sauce.

12.5% Alcohol"
Today's wine offers additional proof of the magic of Alsace and furthermore that it's not just Riesling and Pinot Gris where Alsace excels, but also the often overlooked variety of Pinot Blanc. Most commonly used to make the excellent Cremant d'Alsace sparkling wines, Pinot Blanc also makes delicious still wines. The Paul Blanck is one such example.

The 2011 Paul Blanck Pinot Blanc d'Alsace begins with a very nice aroma of apple, lemon and a hint of ginger. Tasting the wine reveals a nice lively mouthfeel and flavors of apple and lemon just like the nose as well as some other citrus notes and a bit of tropical fruit. This is a really delicious wine that is both easy to drink and complex. A nice touch of minerality comes out on the long finish underneath the zesty fruit.

See a listing of local retailers selling this wine here.

Taste Rating: 8              Cost Rating: 8
Overall Rating: 8.0




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