I have tried a few wines from the Alsace region of France. I am attracted to these very aromatic wines, because though they are dry, they present fruit aromas and flavors that are bold and tasty. These wines never disappoint (at least, to me).
This time, I tried the Albrecht Tradition Pinot Blanc and was mesmerized. In Alsace, Pinot Blanc is usually reserved for a simple wine. However, this one was amazingly delicious and well worth the money spent.
Golden yellow in color; aromas of baked apples and spices spill from the glass on the nose. Followed by citrus notes, stone fruits, and minerals on the palate. This medium- bodied wine offers rounded acidity (12.5% ABV), and a slightly spicy finish. Do not let this pinot blanc fool you, it is a style that is often dismissed, but when it is made well, it can be quite a treat.
This un-oaked and dry wine is versatile with food, which is an added plus. You can pair it with salad, seafood, Asian cuisine, rice pilaf or have it alone.
For those looking for something other than chardonnay, pinot blanc is a perfect chardonnay alternative and you can't go wrong with one from Alsace. The unique thing about this wine is that it is 100% Pinot Blanc. As some wine enthusiasts know, some older pinot blanc vineyards contained small percentages of vines that were later identified as Auxerrois. Essentially, this meant that some Alsace pinot blancs are field blends. However, you do not have to worry about that here.
I purchased this wine from my local Total Wine for $17.99.