The Dirler-Cade Pinot Blanc Reserve 2012 is produced by one of the great Alsatian family wineries. Not to mention a family which has fully embraced organic and biodynamic viticulture. 42% of their grapes come from the Grand Cru vineyards Saering, Spiegel, Kessler, and Kitterle. Riesling, Gewurztraminer, and Pinot Gris represent the majority of their plantings. Three hectares of the Kessler and Spiegel Grand Cru vineyards produce this Pinot Blanc. These vineyards are composed of sandy sandstone, are mostly steep, and face south. They lie in the mid-slope and are famous for producing expressive and dense Pinot.

Tasting note: This Pinot Blanc has medium intense aromas of lemon, orange, honeydew melon, vanilla, pineapple, fresh cream and salt. The smell reminds me of a Creamsicle bar. It’s dry with high acidity, medium body and medium alcohol. Likewise, the flavors totally square with the aromas. Pineapples and oranges are the dominant flavors, with the oak adding bits of baking spices and cream to the fruit. Additionally it has a big, mouth coating flavor with balanced rich and fruity flavors. A sting of acidity persists through the long finish with medium+ complexity. Certainly an excellent alternative to an oaked chardonnay.

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