2017 Meyer-Fonne Pinot Blanc Vieilles Vignes, Alsace, France (750ml)

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This 2017 Pinot Blanc Vieilles Vignes is actually a blend of 65% Pinot Auxerrois, 20% Pinot Blanc and 15% Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir. Pinot Auxerrois is a sibling of Chardonnay grown extensively in Alsace, where it is often blended together with Pinot Blanc. In fact, under AOC Alsace rules, 100% Pinot Auxerrois wines can be labeled as Pinot Blanc. Winemaker and master blender, Félix Meyer has a knack for producing pure and expressive wines that exhibit a keen modernity; yet, he prefers to make them in the traditional Alsatian manner with extended lees aging in older, mostly neutral foudres, or large oak casks. The nose is a fragrant mix of stone fruits and honey with delicious flavors of ripe, juicy white peach and more honey on the medium-bodied palate. Texturally, the wine feels lush yet still light on its feet with a lingering finish of subtle oak spice, baked apple and once again, more of that sweet, delicious honey. This is by no means a sweet wine, yet it does leave a very faint impression of sweetness which will make it a great pairing with spicy dishes, especially Asian cuisine.

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