Apolloni Vineyards Pinot Blanc 2018
A cool-weather grape, Pinot Blanc flourishes in Apolloni's northern Willamette Valley location. Fermented in stainless steel, a traditional Italian Pinot Bianco style, this wine delivers refreshing acidity with a kiss of fruit. Aromas of mandarin and nectarine lead to a crisp, clean palate and a mouthwatering citrus finish. It is a wonderful pairing for seasonal seafood, and pasta and truly delightful on a warm sunny day!
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Apolloni Vineyards, founded in 1999 by Laurine and Alfredo Apolloni, is located in the northernmost region of the Willamette Valley, just 25 miles west of downtown Portland. This location provides a unique microclimate, tucked up against the Oregon Coast Range, with primarily Laurelwood soils. Alfredo’s family winemaking tradition goes back over 150 years from northern Italy. Our vineyard and winery are LIVE Certified with a focus on producing wines that reflect the distinctive characteristics of our site, while showcasing the unique qualities of each vintage.
One of Pinot Noir’s most successful New World outposts, the Willamette Valley is the largest and most important AVA in Oregon. With a continental climate moderated by the influence of the Pacific Ocean, it is perfect for cool-climate viticulture and the production of elegant wines.
Mountain ranges bordering three sides of the valley, particularly the Chehalem Mountains, provide the option for higher-elevation vineyard sites.
The valley's three prominent soil types (volcanic, sedimentary and silty, loess) make it unique and create significant differences in wine styles among its vineyards and sub-AVAs. The iron-rich, basalt-based, Jory volcanic soils found commonly in the Dundee Hills are rich in clay and hold water well; the chalky, sedimentary soils of Ribbon Ridge, Yamhill-Carlton and McMinnville encourage complex root systems as vines struggle to search for water and minerals. In the most southern stretch of the Willamette, the Eola-Amity Hills sub-AVA soils are mixed, shallow and well-drained. The Hills' close proximity to the Van Duzer Corridor (which became its own appellation as of 2019) also creates grapes with great concentration and firm acidity, leading to wines that perfectly express both power and grace.
Though Pinot noir enjoys the limelight here, Pinot gris, Pinot blanc and Chardonnay also thrive in the Willamette. Increasing curiosity has risen recently in the potential of others like Grüner Veltliner, Chenin blanc and Gamay.
Approachable, aromatic and pleasantly plush on the palate, Pinot Blanc is a white grape variety most associated with the Alsace region of France. Although its heritage is Burgundian, today it is rarely found there and instead thrives throughout central Europe, namely Germany and Austria, where it is known as Weissburgunder and Alto Adige where it is called Pinot Bianco. Interestingly, Pinot Blanc was born out of a mutation of the pink-skinned Pinot Gris. Somm Secret—Chardonnay fans looking to try something new would benefit from giving Pinot Blanc a try.