Pinot Blanc is not a white variety that you see very often, but every once and awhile I come across a bottle, and take a chance. This was no different. I found this one from Alsace (France) in a wine retail store for about $10. To me, that's worth a chance! :) But I guess I'll have to let you be the judge of that...
2007 Pinot Blanc by Domaines Schlumberger
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The D-2010 Scale
2007 Pinot Blanc by Domaines Schlumberger (Alsace, France)
Appearance (10 points possible): Light hay yellow in color. Brilliantly clear - 10 points
Aroma/Bouquet (20 points possible): Lightly floral and fresh citrus zest. The nose is weak on this, but it's not a very aromatic variety to my knowledge. - 16 points
Taste (10 points possible): Light-bodied with a flinty, minerality and crispness. No oak in this wine. Just a touch of sweetness lingers with this wine. The finish is tart and refreshing with citrusy flavors. - 7 points
Balance (5 points possible): This wine is well balanced and very light. - 5 points
Finish (5 points possible): Acidic or tart by nature, with just a hint of sweetness and citrus flavors. Quite lengthy. - 5 points
Quality of Package (5 points possible): Alsacian bottle shape with signature green-glass color. Traditional label and packaging. - 5 points
Label Marketability (10 points possible): This wine took me a while to find, simply because it "blends in" with its surrounds. But I do like the extra information on the back of the label. Gives the buyer good details on exactly what they are buying. - 8 points
Other (5 points possible): No big extras on this one. - 3 points
Total Points: 96 points
Overall Thought: If you like white wines with light structure and mouthfeel, and no influence of oak, then this is your wine. It's very food friendly, summer friendly, and refreshing. I very much enjoyed this wine, but I wish I would've chosen a different food to eat with it. :) To me this is a crisp, summer wine: something that you can sip on while sitting on your patio watching the kids or enjoying a good book.
Food Pairings: I think this went well with a spicy red curry. [I had peanut curry with this wine and it didn't go quite well with that.] But for some reason, I could also see this with sushi. I don't know why, but I kept thinking sushi while drinking this wine. I think this could also go very well with something like fish and chips or a lightly breaded white fish (think cod or haddock). Ooo... scallops a very light white sauce, anyone?
Cost: I've seen this marked anywhere between $10 to $17, depending on where it is being retailed.
Splurge Factor (out of 4): 1... I think this still falls in the "good enough to try and see how it goes" range. :)
Where to buy: I would check a local retail store near you. :)