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Kramer Vineyards

Kimberley Kramer
May 14, 2023 | Kimberley Kramer

The Pinot Family: Discovering the Unique Flavors of Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, and Pinot Noir Blanc

Pinot Blanc and Pinot Noir Blanc are white wines, but Pinot Blanc is made from white grapes, while Pinot Noir Blanc is made from red grapes. It's important to note that Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris are clones of Pinot Noir, but they are considered different grape varieties. It's a common misconception that Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris are just different colors of the same grape, but they have distinct flavor profiles and characteristics.

Pinot Blanc

Pinot Blanc is a clone of Pinot Noir that resulted from a genetic mutation that left a gap in the DNA sequence that determines skin color. Like other Pinot Noir clones, Pinot Blanc has its unique character both in the vineyard and in the glass. It's a late-ripening grape that tends to do well in cool climates.

Flavor Profile: lemon, pear, apple, apricot, almond, stony minerality

Pinot Gris

Pinot Gris is another Pinot Noir clone with a partial DNA color sequence mutation, resulting in the mauve hues we observe in the skins at harvest.

Flavor Profile: apple, pear, honey, flint, spearmint, citrus, peach

Pinot Noir Blanc

Pinot Noir Blanc is a white wine made from dark-skinned Pinot Noir grapes. The clusters are pressed immediately after harvest, limiting the amount of color extraction from the skins and their influence on flavor. The skins are usually present for red wines throughout the fermentation process, while for rosé, the skin contact is limited to a few hours or days.

Flavor Profile: apple, peach, clover, honeydew melon, jasmine

In conclusion, the Pinot family encompasses a world of exquisite flavors and intriguing possibilities. Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, and Pinot Noir Blanc showcase this grape lineage's versatility and depth. We invite you to embark on a tasting adventure, exploring the nuances and complexities of these remarkable wines.

At Kramer, we take pride in offering a diverse selection of white wines catering to Pinot red and white enthusiasts. Our collection includes the exquisite Pinot Noir Blanc and the captivating Pinot Gris, showcasing the versatility of this remarkable grape family. Whether you prefer Pinot Noir Blanc's elegance or Pinot Gris's enchanting flavors, we are committed to delivering exceptional quality and an unforgettable wine experience for Pinot red and white enthusiasts alike.

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*Please note: If you're interested in exploring the red wine expression of Pinot Noir, stay tuned for future discussions where we'll delve into the captivating world of Pinot Noir red wines.


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