I have a soft spot for Pinot Blanc. It is the underdog of the oenological world. Rarely is it given prime real estate, usually planted off to the side, that place where the soil isn’t very good, in the swale - or anywhere there is plantable land that couldn’t be better served by a more “noble” grape. Many times it is over-cropped to produce a reliable, if indistinct, quaffing wine. It does not get the respect it deserves. That is not the case at RSV.
RSV gives Pinot Blanc prime real estate in three organically-farmed, Carneros vineyards: OSR Vineyard and the Three Amigos Vineyard in Napa as well as the Scintilla Sonoma Vineyard. These three vineyards are influenced by the cool Carneros macro-climate with nuances from the specific micro-climates of the individual vineyard sites. These multiple sites allow RSV to blend several wines from the Pinot Blanc grape. RSV makes: Pinot Blanc, Abraxas, and Libration cuvées - where Pinot Blanc plays a supporting role, and now our new “Blanc” that is a very special cuvée of 100% Pinot Blanc. The distinctiveness of each lot of Pinot Blanc was discovered during blending trials, offering the opportunity to create unique wines by playing with the blends. This wine spoke to us and we knew we needed to make a special wine. This might be the only time RSV produces a .750 of Pinot Blanc…
Tasting Notes - by Jeff Virnig & Phil Abram:
This wine captures summer in a bottle and can bring a sunny reminiscence to any season. Aromas of fresh white flowers, honeydew melon and green plantain carry into the first taste, where they are joined by green strawberry, tart golden apple and Meyer lemon. As the wine opens in the glass, secondary flavors of chamomile tea and white pepper/cardamom develop and lend themselves to a sleek, briny minerality and a fresh, long-lasting finish. Not just a seafood lover’s companion, this wine will bring joy to many dishes from cockles to chicken to cheese… and don’t forget your veggies!