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Jul 17, 2014 02:13 PM

White Pinot Noir

I just found and bought a bottle of "Left Coast Cellars" White Pinot Noir. 2013 Willamette Valley.

I've not tried a white Pinot Noir (probably because the State, plus the area I live in is not wine savvy, so I was surprised to see this bottle). I don't consider myself having a huge knowledge of wine, but I'm comfortable going to a restaurant and finding wines that are good whether the list is 1 page or 20.

Have any of you tried a White Pinot Noir? Is this common? This particular Pinot was aged 5 months in Stainless Steel.

Thoughts? Opinions? Thanks!

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  1. Not common I'd say, but really just a still version of Blanc de Noir sparkling wine I think. I've never seen it in SoCal but I know it's made in Oregon and in The Anderson Valley of CA.

    1. I almost think it's a crime to make rosé from good Pinot grapes, but a white??? What for?
      Shades of white balsamic vinegar and white port.

      1. I'm sure it is not a lot different than white zinfandel or white merlot.

        1. Novy, another label for Suduri, has put out a white pinot noir from willamette valley.It's okay, nothing great.
          Domaine Serene puts out Coeur Blanc, a white wine made from pinot noir. I haven't had it. It's $95 a bottle. I can buy some awfully good white Burgundy for $95 a bottle.

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          1. re: SteveTimko

            This Is interesting. Seems like the producers are serious wineries, certainly Siduri and Domaine Serene are well respected. Pinot Noir is obviously a grape one doesn't use for 'trivial' wine. I'm thinking this is not in the White Merlot vein and certainly no where near White Zin.

            1. re: Midlife

              the Novy wine seems more a like a novelty. It comes in a screwcap. Not that I'm against screwcaps.

              1. re: SteveTimko

                We'll, Novy is their second label but are you REALLY saying it's a novelty because of the screwcap? Siduri's better Pinots have them too.

                1. re: Midlife

                  I'm saying it because it doesn't taste like it's made to age. The screwcap puts an exclamation point on that. I haven't purchased Siduri or Novy in six years. It was the first wine of theirs that had screwcaps. Even the entry level Willamette pino had cork.
                  By the way, I wouldn't call Novy a second label. the wines generally are as seriously made as the Siduri.

                  1. re: SteveTimko

                    I thought Siduri was for owned vineyards, and Novy was for purchased grapes....not a 100% certain.

                    1. re: pinotho

                      As I understand it, Siduri is for Pinot Noir, period. Novy is for everything else . . .

                      1. re: zin1953

                        That's certainly how it appears from their respective sites. And I'm wrong about Novy being a 'second' label, so my conclusion is that White Pinot Noir is something they take seriously. Doesn't mean everyone finds it worthwhile, but I wouldn't simply dismiss it as White Zin's sister.

                        1. re: Midlife

                          >>> Doesn't mean everyone finds it worthwhile, but I wouldn't simply dismiss it as White Zin's sister. <<<

                          No, neither would I. But I find the rosés far more interesting than the "blancs."

                      2. re: pinotho

                        What vineyards do they own? It says on their website they supervise and buy pinot grapes from more than 20 vineyards.
                        I don't recognize every vineyard on the list, but I know they don't own at least a dozen of them.

            2. It took the Cistercian monks a thousand years to find out what to do with Pinot Noir. I don't see the point in trying to improve on that. Unless, that is, there is somebody willing to bet on another thousand years investment.