Pinot Blanc is a white grape popular across the globe, especially in Alsace, Austria and Germany. It produces full-bodied dry white wines with typical apple, pear and citrus aromas, but is also the primary variety used in the sparkling Crémant d’Alsace. It is commonly referred to as Weissburgunder (Germany and Austria) and Pinot Bianco (Italy and Spain). You can use Wine Enthusiast’s online Buying Guide to find the top-rated Pinot Blanc among our extensive Pinot Blanc wine reviews and easy-to-use database. Our Pinot Blanc reviews will give you a general idea what to expect from wines made from Pinot Blanc, and will help you find one that best suits your needs. For additional options that you may enjoy, please check out our reviews of Pinot Grigio wines, as well.
Pours dark for a dessert wine, an old gold-orange color that suggests bottle age. And indeed, it’s nearly nine years old. But it’s still rich and vibrant in orange liqueur, honey and crème brûlée flavors, finished with clean acidity. The residual sugar is an amazingly sweet 22.6%.
The winery’s flagship white wine is among the greatest California PBs I’ve ever tasted. Made Alsatian-style, it’s tremendous in tangerine, kumquat, apricot, honeysuckle, buttercream, cinnamon-clove and vanilla aromas. In the mouth, it turns rich and opulent, and while the wine is dry, it has a dessert pastry taste, like coconut cream pie, Key lime pie and tangerine…
From the head winemaker at Zaca Mesa, a phenomenal wine from this top vineyard. Easily one of the best California Pinot Blancs I’ve ever tasted. It’s rich and honeyed, almost decadent in marzipan flavors, but richly dry, with a wonderful streak of acidity. Try as an alternative to a top Chard.
This sweetie is totally decadent. It’s not only the residual sugar, which is a mind-blowing 28 percent, it’s the wealth of apricot jam, vanilla, wild honey and cinnamon spice flavors that blast the palate to ecstasy. Has a syrupy, liqueur-like texture that would be cloying were it not for the excellent acidity. This is one of the best dessert wines of the year.
A restrained nose just hints at ripeness: Comice pear perhaps? The palate is full-bodied but sinewy and one feels that the wine will open up in years to come, power is evident, so is deep fruit that still needs to blossom. The muscular structure is full of promise. Drink as of 2017.
Very subtle hints of green and yellow pears play on the nose, intensifying on the palate and coming across round and plump, but not without some straightening, tonic freshness. There is a satisfying depth here, something mineral, and its elegance ensures that it’s firm but not overbearing. A testament to what Pinot Blanc can be in the right hands.
Weissburgunder (Pinot Blanc) is rare in the Wachau. In the hands of Rudi Pichler, you find a wine that tastes of the apricots for which the Wachau is also famous. This is delicious wine, rounded and ripe, packed with luscious fruit and acidity.