Friday, September 25, 2009

Lincourt Pinot Blanc 2008

The Bottle: A beautiful clear bottle shows off the pale color nicely. On the front we learn that the grapes come from the Santa Rita Hills, Courtney's Vineyard, specifically. On the back we learn how wonderful the growing conditions are in Santa Barbara County for Pinot Blanc. They say it has something to do with the long, dry growing season. The wine shows an abv of 13.6%.

The Nose: I drank the wine quite chilled (it was a hot day) and as a result, many aromas were not within my reach. I thought there was some melon there, and the minerals made a nice play in the bouquet.

The Taste: Very refined, this wine. A clean and crisp feel in the mouth, along with just enough acidity, produces a tendency to gulp. But try to slow down and savor. Good minerals are here, with lots of wet rocks in the first part of the mouthful. Then a wave of pears and apples comes in, very crisp, not baked. Some lightly nutty flavors come in at the end. Very refined, indeed. This is a delicate wine that gives a wonderful drinking experience and a nice finish, too.


  1. I don't know anything about wine except if it tastes good, it's a good wine. I like your description of this one. I generally like a pinot blanc if it's really cold. Maybe that makes me a dolt? The cleaner and crisper the better. When you say "minerals" and "wet rocks," do you mean that taste of earth a wine sometimes gives you? Love that.

  2. There are no right or wrong answers in this blog. If a wine fits your flavor profile, then it's a great wine! Like 'em really cold? So be it! Cleaner, crisper? I vote yes! I happen to love the taste of the earth that is imparted into wine, and yes, that's what I mean by minerals. Wet rocks? There is a smell I get quite often in white wines, of a very shallow brook with a rocky bank, from my childhood. That's what I'm thinking of there. It's always a great memory. Thanks for commenting!

  3. My pleasure. I sent your link to a friend who makes her own wine. I hope she'll check you out.