2009 Pierre Sparr Pinot Blanc Reserve – Alsace
To me, Spring weather is a perfect excuse to open an awesome crisp white wine like Pinot Blanc. I tried this Pierre Sparr Pinot Blanc more than a year ago but didn’t blog about it. Since that time, the winery has been purchased and the quality has improved dramatically. The wines had a reputation for being hit and miss so I thought that maybe I’d just gotten lucky with my bottle. In my tasting notes, I wrote “Loved It!”
What makes this Pinot Blanc such a wonderful Spring wine? With every sip, I get a different tropical fruit flavor. I can just see the delicious, sun-ripened fruit hanging from the tree, waiting to be picked.
The Alsace region has a cool-weather climate but it gets more days of sunshine a year than Napa Valley. Those warmer days and cooler nights do amazing things to the grape berries. Tropical flavors are the prime example.
The aromatics on this wine were wicked good. They were just like Spring blossoms. I sniffed pineapple, peach and lemon. Those same wonderful fruit flavors came through on the taste, in addition to apricot. And with a 12% ABV, it would be acceptable to drink a Pinot Blanc early afternoon. Don’t worry. You won’t need a nap later.
It’s not labeled as such but this is a dry wine. Americans have been trained to think that all Germanic wines are sweet. During various wars, Alsace ownership was tossed back and forth between Germany and France.
This wine is dry although with all of the tropical aromas and flavors, the initial perception is one of sweetness. Hopefully, this Pierre Sparr wine will change your mind that all Alsace (Germanic) wines are cloyingly sweet.