Saturday, June 29, 2013

An Alsatian Pinot Blanc.

It's been pretty toasty in Vinoland the past few days (103° F today), so white wine has been the accompaniment to all of our evening meals.  This Calvet, 2011 Pinot Blanc is one of the bottles of wine I brought back with me from my recent trip home.  I always try to find something different for Vinomaker to try, as I'd never find an Alsatian Pinot blanc for sale anywhere in Napa.
The thing I like most about the wines of Alsace is the labelling, it's very straightforward - in some ways even simpler than California wine labels - maker's name and grape variety, that's it!  And this was a very simple wine due to it's lack of complexity.  I do usually like Pinot blanc, in all of it's mutationally-weird-wonderfulness, but the Calvet Pinot blanc was unfortunately a tad flabby for me.  I did enjoy the extreme white-peachiness of the nose and palate, but without that extra zing of acid that I was expecting the wine just fell short of being appetising.  Bottle got emptied though.

7 comments:

Dennis Tsiorbas said...

Vinogirl, as for difficult to find, NH's largest wine store has 1 (ONE) Alsatian PB: Trimbach Pinot Blanc: $11.99.

Dennis Tsiorbas said...

Vinogirl, speaking of hot weather, is there ever a good time for hot weather when it comes to your grapes, or is always a problem?

phlegmfatale said...

You are very good to have put that bottle out of its misery! I love your description on the taste, and I could well imagine something missing from the mix.

Vinogirl said...

Phlegmmy: Yep, killed the entire bottle...someone had to do it!
Love your new profile piccy BTW.

Vinogirl said...

NHW: In my WOTW class, last autumn, I had a Domaines Schlumberger PB (must dig out my tasting notes). The Trimbach offering I tried was a Gew├╝rztraminer.
Vines have ways of dealing with excessively hot weather, but such conditions are not ideal...on the other hand powdery mildew hates sustained high temperatures and that's a good thing.

Thomas said...

Interesting thing, VG: it seems that the simpler the labels along the Rhine, the less interesting the wines.

Vinogirl said...

Tomasso: I don't think any label needs to be as complicated as the labels from further along the Rhine into Germany.