2008 Schloss Saarstein Pinot Blanc SKU #1053135

Price: $18.99

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Tasting Notes

Around 1900 the imposing Schloss (castle) was built high above the vineyards. The 24-acre vineyard around the castle enjoys the perfect conditions for growing wine grapes. It is situated on a steep hillside facing south to south-west and it has a black slaty soil. The typical character of Schloss Saarstein wines is elegant steeliness balanced with crisp fruit. Production is concentrated on the one vineyard surrounding the Schloss with great emphasis on strict selection when hand-picking. The wines are then carefully treated in wooden thousand-liter barrels to help maintain each wine's own character. This estate might be best known for its stupendous Rieslings (this is Germany after all!), but this Pinot Blanc deserves center stage, too. Very fresh, with stone fruit, minerality and layers of acidity and texture, this is fantastic with lighter foods or just on its own.

Staff Reviews

  • Scott Beckerley
    By: Scott Beckerley
    1/3/2011
    K&L Staff Member
    What? Pinot Blanc from Germany? Yes, it does exist and this is a very fine example, thank you very much! Schloss Saarstein is renowned for its wines of crisp acidity balanced with clean, pure fruit. This pinot blanc is no exception. Stone fruits, nectarine, minerals and complex layers and acidity make this a memorable wine by itself or with whitefish or lighter (white) meat dishes.
  • Jim Barr
    By: Jim Barr
    12/31/2010
    K&L Staff Member
    Pinot Blanc from the Saar? I don't believe that I have seen one on the market here in the many years that I have been in this trade. In any case, this is a lovely Gem that offers a pronounced nose of Arkansas Black Apples, lime zest, and wet stone minerality. In its dry, mineral-driven palate delivery, it is subtly rich without being overdone, yet crisp and clean, particulary on the its long, mouthwatering finish. Anderson has told me that this will be one of our house whites for the month. 12.5% SBV (Jim Barr)
    Drink from 2011 to 2015
  • Steve Bearden
    By: Steve Bearden
    12/30/2010
    K&L Staff Member
    This is one of the most refreshing whites I've tried in quite some time. This is crisp and clean but with plenty of round stone fruit flavors in the middle. Not at all heavy or cloying like so many unctious Chardonneys can be because of the perfect balancing acidity.
  • Christie Brunick
    By: Christie Brunick
    12/5/2010
    K&L Staff Member
    An amazing German Value for an exceptional wine. The 2008 Pinot Blanc will meet and exceed your expectations. Very racy and crisp, but with a broad mouth feel and texture. Wonderful minerality keeps you going back for more because it just feels so good on the palate. Makes a great gift as well because people overlook the varietal and choose something more common like Sauvingon Blanc or chardonnay. This wine has the broadness of a Chard, but the crispness of a Sauvingon Blanc which makes it very enticing.
  • Mari Keilman
    By: Mari Keilman
    4/30/2010
    K&L Staff Member
    Anyone who says that pinot blanc is blah has not tasted this freakin phenomenal wine from Schloss Saarstein! This pinot blanc from the Mosel is so amazingly fresh that it teeters on the verge of being spritzy without actually being so. There is a pure crystalline ripe stone fruit palate with the perfect amount of acidity on the finish to make this wine absolutely stunning!

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