Alsace is a region in northeast France that has been fought over by the French and the Germans for centuries. Throughout all the time the rights to this land has been contested, there have been growers and winemakers planting and working wonderful vineyards in this tiny little corner of France. The more Alsatian wine I drink, the more I believe that this is what all the fighting has been about. Who wouldn't fight for the right to make wine from the fantastic vineyards of Alsace? Their dry climate and wide variety of soil types makes for some outstanding terroir for a number of different varietals. Although Alsace is best known for Riesling, they produce wonderful expressions of many different white varietals like Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris, Sylvaner, Muscat, and the subject of today's post, Pinot Blanc.
The 2009 Josmeyer Pinot Blanc is a golden straw color in your glass. The bouquet has elements of Meyer lemon and peach, and in your mouth you get much of the same with an added element of pineapple. Very good acidity tickles the tongue up front, recedes and then returns on a very nice and rather long finish. The wine is medium in body and is crisp and quite refreshing. It would be nice on a hot summer day, but this is not just an ordinary summer sipper. At a price of about $17 its a fairly good value and something that I will be buying many more bottles of.
From a pairing standpoint, this would go very well with seafood. We drank it with a fresh caught Mako shark steak on the grill finished with a tarragon butter and it worked beautifully.