2008 Schloss Saarstein Pinot Blanc

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Around 1900 the imposing Schloss (castle) was built high above the vineyards. The 24-acre vineyard around the castle enjoys the perfect conditions for growing wine grapes. It is situated on a steep hillside facing south to south-west and it has a black slaty soil. The typical character of Schloss Saarstein wines is elegant steeliness balanced with crisp fruit. Production is concentrated on the one vineyard surrounding the Schloss with great emphasis on strict selection when hand-picking. The wines are then carefully treated in wooden thousand-liter barrels to help maintain each wine's own character. This estate might be best known for its stupendous Rieslings (this is Germany after all!), but this Pinot Blanc deserves center stage, too. Very fresh, with stone fruit, minerality and layers of acidity and texture, this is fantastic with lighter foods or just on its own.

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By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/3/2011 | Send Email
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What? Pinot Blanc from Germany? Yes, it does exist and this is a very fine example, thank you very much! Schloss Saarstein is renowned for its wines of crisp acidity balanced with clean, pure fruit. This pinot blanc is no exception. Stone fruits, nectarine, minerals and complex layers and acidity make this a memorable wine by itself or with whitefish or lighter (white) meat dishes.

By: Jim Barr | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/31/2010 | Send Email
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Pinot Blanc from the Saar? I don't believe that I have seen one on the market here in the many years that I have been in this trade. In any case, this is a lovely Gem that offers a pronounced nose of Arkansas Black Apples, lime zest, and wet stone minerality. In its dry, mineral-driven palate delivery, it is subtly rich without being overdone, yet crisp and clean, particulary on the its long, mouthwatering finish. Anderson has told me that this will be one of our house whites for the month. 12.5% SBV (Jim Barr)
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By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/30/2010 | Send Email
This is one of the most refreshing whites I've tried in quite some time. This is crisp and clean but with plenty of round stone fruit flavors in the middle. Not at all heavy or cloying like so many unctious Chardonneys can be because of the perfect balancing acidity.

By: Christie Brunick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/5/2010 | Send Email
An amazing German Value for an exceptional wine. The 2008 Pinot Blanc will meet and exceed your expectations. Very racy and crisp, but with a broad mouth feel and texture. Wonderful minerality keeps you going back for more because it just feels so good on the palate. Makes a great gift as well because people overlook the varietal and choose something more common like Sauvingon Blanc or chardonnay. This wine has the broadness of a Chard, but the crispness of a Sauvingon Blanc which makes it very enticing.

By: Mari Keilman | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/30/2010 | Send Email
Anyone who says that pinot blanc is blah has not tasted this freakin phenomenal wine from Schloss Saarstein! This pinot blanc from the Mosel is so amazingly fresh that it teeters on the verge of being spritzy without actually being so. There is a pure crystalline ripe stone fruit palate with the perfect amount of acidity on the finish to make this wine absolutely stunning!

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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.


- Thanks to a recent string of excellent vintages and to the reemergence of Germany onto the international wine writing scene, this is a country that's hot, hot, hot! Germany is divided into 13 wine Region and produces a very wide variety of wine styles, from incredibly high-acid, dry wines to some of the sweetest, most unctuous concoctions on the planet and even a few surprisingly hearty reds. Most of the highest-quality wines are grown on steep banks along the rivers in these Region. Small vineyards are still mostly hand tended and picked, due to the difficult nature of mechanization on these slopes. White wine production accounts for nearly 80% of the total with Riesling being the most important varietal, though Muller-Thurgau is still more widely planted.


Alcohol Content (%): 12.5