Pinot Blanc 2014 La Bise
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 Type
- 100% Pinot Blanc
- Dry Creek Valley
- 0.54 g/100ml
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 (54°F), this wine bursts with fresh fruit and floral aromas and flavors, combined with a refreshing crispness.
Harvest: September 2nd, 2014
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 6 months in stainless steel tank.
Bottling Date: April 2015
Color: Pale straw
Aromas: Fresh Anjou pear, white peach and rose petals
Palate: Bright acidity, concentrated fresh floral and white peach flavors