Pinot blanc and Pinot gris are closely related to Pinot noir. Both are the result of natural mutations of Pinot noir. The entire Pinot family ripens beautifully in Oregon because our climate is ideally suited to their growing needs. The resulting wines are blessed with both ripe fruit and balanced acidity needed to match with food.
The aromatics of the 2009 Pinot blanc have taken on dimensions that I have not previously seen. Its usual yellow and white fruit, have expanded to include melon and hints of ginger and salty, coastal air. Floral and tropical fruit flavors are layered with peach, red apple, and cantaloupe with nuances of spice, white flowers, and powdered ginger. It has a lovely mouth filling texture and its flavors linger well into the finish. This vintage finished completely dry.
Pinot blanc is perfect with crab cakes, mussels, ceviches, and a wide variety of flavorful appetizers. It is especially good with hors d'oeuvres that are a bit salty and rich. Drink now or over the next two years to enjoy this wine at its peak of freshness.