2010 Lucien Albrecht Pinot Blanc Cuvee Balthazar ~$11
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A good friend of mine just mentioned that he is getting hooked on Pinot Blanc. His admission inspired me to post about this delicious cuvee by Lucien Albrecht, a winery that has been around in Alsace, France since 1425 CE. I had the pleasure of meeting Marie Albrecht—after which a legendary Gewurztraminer from this winery was named— once at a tasting. She left me with the unmistakable impression that passion about wine ran in her family. This Pinot Blanc has been a star at many of my tastings because I serve it as an example of an expressive aroma in wine. If you can’t pick up any scent on this wine, you may have a cold. The nose opens with floral notes and fresh, tropical fruit. On the palate, this wine is plush, round, off-dry, and fruity, yet grounded with a mineral finish. The hand-picked grapes explode in this wine with peach and apple flavors. If you have yet to try Pinot Blanc, treat yourself to one soon; the grape can really deliver.

2010 Lucien Albrecht Pinot Blanc Cuvee Balthazar ~$11

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A good friend of mine just mentioned that he is getting hooked on Pinot Blanc. His admission inspired me to post about this delicious cuvee by Lucien Albrecht, a winery that has been around in Alsace, France since 1425 CE. I had the pleasure of meeting Marie Albrecht—after which a legendary Gewurztraminer from this winery was named— once at a tasting. She left me with the unmistakable impression that passion about wine ran in her family. This Pinot Blanc has been a star at many of my tastings because I serve it as an example of an expressive aroma in wine. If you can’t pick up any scent on this wine, you may have a cold. The nose opens with floral notes and fresh, tropical fruit. On the palate, this wine is plush, round, off-dry, and fruity, yet grounded with a mineral finish. The hand-picked grapes explode in this wine with peach and apple flavors. If you have yet to try Pinot Blanc, treat yourself to one soon; the grape can really deliver.