2009 Chateau Bianca Estate Pinot Blanc
Very dry, this Pinot Blanc made solely from estate grapes makes an ideal aperitif wine. Served with shellfish such as oysters, clams and mussels it has some lime and lemon zest aroma and doesn’t linger on the finish. Finishes clean like a French “Muscadet” primarily grown and enjoyed where the Loire river in France and the Atlantic meet, a region where seafood is abundant. If allowed to linger on the mid-palate the wine has a pleasant oily texture contributing to an interesting mouth feel. A French “Muscadet” would be aged often “sur lies” to add some depth, where this Pinot Blanc would not be thus aged. Would make a great cocktail, aperitif, or pre-dinner wine. A summer patio would be best enjoyed with some light food or appetizers and this Pinot Blanc. A light summer salad sprinkled with goat cheese, brie on crostini, or havarti with Ry-krisp crackers. Try and not serve too cool as the temperature will dampen its terrific texture. Serve just slightly chilled.