2017 J. Wilkes Santa Maria Valley Pinot Blanc

SKU #1402207 Wine Enthusiast

 Ripe apple, nectarine and lime-peel aromas make for a very accessible nose on this bottling. There is compelling tension to the palate, where bright citrusy and yellow-apple flavors get a white pepper lift and ride on fresh acidity. It's a great white wine for many occasions. (MK)  (3/2019)

K&L Notes

This lovely Pinot Blanc has subtle melon aromas combined with fresh white peach and lemon zest. On the palate the wine is tangy with bright, citrus-driven acidity, stone fruits and a nice mineral presence. It finishes quite clean and is, in winemaker Wes Hagen's opinion, a great match for BBQ, spicy fried chicken, or white fish sashimi. Winemaker's notes: "Bright, mineral, nervey with nectarine skin, peach flesh, floral/saline notes. On the palate - round, ripe stone fruit on the attack, layered with stoney minerals in the mid-palate, finishing with refreshing structure and mouth-watering acidity."


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By: Shelby Griffiths | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/14/2019 | Send Email
I enjoyed the J. Wilkes Pinot Blanc during an outdoor dinner party with friends, and it was the perfect start to our evening. The wine is incredibly versatile and pairs well with an array of foods. It possesses a nice crisp, savory, saline character that gets your mouth watering, preparing you for the meal to come. But then evolves into a rounded, honeyed, stone fruit expression that carries you through your meal. Refreshing, and elegant, this will be one of my top wines for spending relaxing evenings outdoors this summer.

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Varietal:

Pinot Blanc

- Also known as Pinot Bianco in Italy and Weissburgunder in Germany and Austria, Pinot Blanc is thought to be a mutation of Pinot Gris (which is said to be a lighter mutation of Pinot Noir). While the varietal's roots are Burgundian (it was frequently confused with Chardonnay throughout history) it is rare there these days, instead finding its best iterations in France's Alsace, Germany's Pfalz and Baden, Austria's Wachau and in Italy's Trentino-Alto Adige, Veneto, Friuli and Lombardy winegrowing regions. It produces full-bodied whites with relatively high acidity, yeasty citrus and appley aromas and flavors and hints of spice. Aged Pinot Blancs take on lovely honeyed tones.
Country:

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.
Sub-Region:

California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
Specific Appellation:

Santa Maria/Santa Barbara

- Santa Maria and Santa Ynez make up the two AVAs of Santa Barbara County, an area known for its natural beauty and temperate climate. The best grape-growing areas, however, are located on the very coastal reaches of these two appellations, and are cooled by ever-present fog and ocean breezes (it is even cooler and foggier here than Carneros!). As expected, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir thrive while the more inland zones lay claim to Bordeaux varietals and some Rhône blends.