Pinot Blanc 2013 - PBM132

Pinot Blanc 2013 - PBM132

Jacques Schlumberger's family comes from Alsace, the French stronghold of Pinot Blanc. In Sonoma's Dry Creek Valley, he planted authentic European cuttings of this lovely variety in the coolest sections of our rolling foothills. Jacques appropriately named this wine "La Bise", which refers to the French cultural practice of cheek kissing as a greeting, as he introduced the fruit to the Michel-Schlumberger vineyard.

About this wine

This delightfully fresh, unoaked Pinot Blanc is delicious as an apéritif or served with lighter fare like chicken breasts, shrimp or flaky white fish in a simple sauce.

Wine profile

Vintage
2013
Wine Type
Estate
Varietal
100% Pinot Blanc
Appellation
Dry Creek Valley
Acid
0.61 g/100ml
pH
3.34
Alcohol
12.9%

Vineyard Notes

The combination of Michel-Schlumberger’s benchland soils, vigor-limiting rootstock and limited irrigation yield intense fruit flavors from smaller berries.  This “La Bise” is made in a fresh crisp style (as in Alsace) from Pinot Blanc vines (clones 5, 6 and 191) planted in the coolest areas of our benchland vineyards.  Picked at low sugar, and fermented at very cool temperatures (50°F), this wine bursts with fresh fruit and floral aromas and flavors, combined with a refreshing crispness.

Harvest:  August 29th and 30th, 2013

Production Notes

Fermentation:  The grapes were picked in the cool mornings and immediately pressed.  After settling, the clear juice was racked into stainless tank and fermented at a very cool temperature to retain fresh fruit flavors.

Cooperage / Aging:  The wine was aged for 5 months in stainless steel tank.

Bottling Date:  March 10, 2014

Winemaker Notes

Color:  Pale straw

Aromas:  Fresh Anjou pear, white peach and rose petals

Palate:  Bright acidity, concentrated fresh floral and white peach flavors

Production

480 Cases