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August 28, 2006


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If the differences between pinot blanc and chardonnay grapes are that small wouldn’t they just be overridden by the many other factors that affect the finished wine? Could someone actually tell difference just by tasting?


In my experience, the main difference between (at least local) chardonnay and pinot blanc is that most pinot blanc is quite neutral tasting. The depth of fruit flavor isn't there...and more minerals come through with it.

If someone around here treated pinot blanc with the same oak as many reserve chardonnays, I don't know if I'd be able to identify them or not. I've not tasted a pinot blanc like the ones from California.

Great question...wish I had a more complete answer!

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