Pinot Blanc

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.

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Nicolaysen Family Vineyards 2002 Late Harvest Bien Nacido Vineyard Pinot Blanc (Santa Maria Valley)

  1. $50

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%.

 — S.H.  (10/1/2011)
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Demetria 2005 Gaia Vineyard Pinot Blanc (Sta. Rita Hills)

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  1. $30

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…

 — S.H.  (4/1/2007)
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Trou de Bonde 2004 Bien Nacido Vineyard Pinot Blanc (Santa Maria Valley)

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  1. $18

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.

 — S.H.  (8/1/2006)
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Shadow Canyon 2002 Paeonia Bien Nacido Vineyard Late Harvest Pinot Blanc (Santa Maria Valley)

  1. $45

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.

 — S.H.  (12/1/2004)
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Hillinger 2013 Pinot Blanc (Leithaberg)

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  1. $35

Delicately floral with subtle notes of ripe pear and fresh lemon, this charmer features a soft but defined palate. The creamy, pliable texture is rather seductive and far too easy to drink, so much so that one might forget what a well-made and ageworthy wine this is. The smoky glints of oak are most appealing.

 — A.K.  (3/1/2015)
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Prieler 2013 DAC Pinot Blanc (Leithaberg)

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  1. $42

A delicately nutty oak influence marries the fresh pear and citrus fruit of this concentrated wine. Right now this is precise and citrus-focused but some cellaring should bring out its mellower, fruitier side. Drink as of 2016.

 — A.K.  (3/1/2015)
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Josef Jamek 2012 Smaragd Ried Hochrain Weissburgunder (Wachau)

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  1. $45

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.

 — A.K.  (5/1/2014)
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Tinhof 2012 Golden Erd Weissburgunder (Burgenland)

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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.

 — A.K.  (5/1/2014)
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