Lieb Cellars 2016 Pinot Blanc Reserve
Sometimes Pinot Blanc can be a little neutral or boring, but this example is far from it. It doesn’t see a splinter of oak during the winemaking process and there is a floral edge to a nose that is dominated by fresh, clean aromas of melons, pears and yellow apples. Though on the lighter end of the body spectrum (it’s less than 12% abv) the palate shows more of the same fruits — apple, pear and melon — with a subtle hint of lemon zest. Bright, appetite-whetting acidity is well incorporated, providing verve without being too sharp. There is a gritty pear quality to the finish that turns a bit saline at the very end.
Producer: Lieb Cellars
Region: North Fork of Long Island AVA
* Review sample provided by the winery