The seven best Pinot Bianco 2016

by Redazione 01/25/18
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Pinot Bianco is a varietal that for a long time was confused with Chardonnay but has since established itself as the source for a great, fat and structured white wine that also has great salinity and elegance.

The origin of Pinot Bianco was for a long time up for discussion but today is recognized as being, like Pinot Grigio, a genetic mutation of Pinot Noir. For years, Pinot Bianco was confused with Chardonnay – with which it shares many characteristics – to the point that until a dozen years ago or so it was referred to as Pinot-Chardonnay. Following the phylloxera plague, the replanting and re-grafting of vines led to both varieties spreading to ample areas of northern Italy and in some cases with one in the place of the other. It is for this reason that it was only in the 1980s that the distinction between the two was made and Pinot Bianco received its first DOC classification.

Native to Germany, where it produces some of its absolute best versions quality-wise, Pinot Bianco has spread to Alsace and winemaking areas in the New World. In Italy, the varietal is cultivated in Lombardy, Veneto, Friuli and in Trentino Alto Adige. In the 18th century, the Lorena family, the Grand Dukes of Tuscany, encouraged its cultivation in the region where today there is a Pomino DC appellation, although the grape is also used to produce fine table wines.

The recognized best Pinot Bianco in Italy are from Friuli and Alto Adige where the grape best expresses itself thanks also to the low yield. Like all great whites, here it produces a white wine that is fat and structured but that also has great salinity and elegance. The wine is best after a few years after harvest. The grape is also perfect for making sparkling wine and can be found in the blends in some of the best cuvée - like those from Friuli, Trentino and Franciacorta - and is considered an excellent substitute for the French grape Pinot Meunier when making a traditional method bubbly.

We have selected what we consider to be the best seven Italian Pinot Bianco 2016 which, not by chance, are from the different appellations in Alto Adige and Friuli: Collio, Colli Orientali and Isonzo.

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Pinot Bianco 2016
Alto Adige
Wassererhof 01/25/18 Dario Cappelloni 100% Pinot Bianco grapes. Matures in stainless steel and tonneau. Bright straw yellow color. Even though still very young it’s complex and with flint, white peach and aromatic herbs aromas....
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Alto Adige
Cantina Merano Burggräfler Soc. Agr. Coop. 01/25/18 Dario Cappelloni 100% Pinot Bianco grapes. Matures in stainless steel and various size barrels. Bright straw yellow color. Complex aromas of exotic fruits, white peach and almond with a delicate peaty hint. Austere...
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Pinot Bianco 2016
Collio
Azienda Agricola Toros Franco 01/25/18 Giulio Colomba 100% pinot bianco grapes. The 10% is vinified in oak barrique the rest in stainless steel tank. Greenish straw yellow. Bread crust, pear, wisteria blossom and jasmine, elegant and intense. On the...
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Pinot Bianco Santarosa 2016
Collio
Castello di Spessa Società agricola A R.L. 01/25/18 Dario Cappelloni 100% pinot bianco grapes. On the lees in stainless steel tank. Shiny straw yellow. Very typical and fruity: white peach, melon, hint of almond and hawthorn blossom. Savory and warm, tense acidity...
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Pinot Bianco 2016
Friuli Colli Orientali
Roberto Scubla 01/25/18 Egidio Fedele Dell'Oste 100% pinot bianco grapes. Aged on its lees in stainless steel tank. Straw yellow. Nose of jasmine, red apple, white currant. On the palate is very elegant and shows great drinkability.
Pinot Bianco Zuc di Volpe 2016
Friuli Colli Orientali
Az. Agr. Volpe Pasini Srl 01/25/18 Daniele Cernilli 100% pinot bianco grapes. On its lees for 6 months in stainless steel tank. Pale straw yellow. Very defined and fruity nose of white peach, fresh almond, field blossom and herbaceous hint. Saline...
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Pinot Bianco 2016
Friuli Isonzo
Azienda Agricola Mauro Drius 01/25/18 Giulio Colomba 100% pinot bianco grapes; 90% vinified in stainless steel and the rest in used barrel. Straw yellow. Intense and elegant nose, fragrant fruity and floral notes, fruit salad. The palate offers an...
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