The second of the spring shipments arrived from the Michel-Schlumberger winery last week and this one included the 2010 Pinot Blanc from Sonoma's Dry Creek Valley. The wine is labeled La Bise or 'The Kiss.'
The Alsatian heritage of this wine is evident in the floral nose the minute the top comes off the bottle. There were hints of waxy fruits and early spring honeysuckle flowers. Good medium weight on the mouth feel, and nice legs that ran down the interior of the glass after swirling. The waxy fruit and stone fruit were dominant with enough acid to suggest some citrus.
The wine was done entirely in stainless steel so there's nothing to interfere with what the grape has to offer and that makes the wine refreshing. The finish was dry and crisp.
Dinner was a small turkey roasted on the charcoal grill over indirect heat for several hours. It was a great spring day, warm and breezy with lots of sunshine and the wine was a perfect representative for the day, fresh and alive and inviting after a long winter.
12.5% alcohol and $22.
The redbud trees decided to add to the springlike feel by virtually erupting into bloom.