Think of Schloss Saarstein's Pinot Blanc as a soft, slightly chubby expression of the white Pinot mutant clone (known locally as Weissburgunder). This wine, imported by the fine Volks at Valckenberg, is one of the few German non-Rieslings I've seen in my neck of the woods.
Schloss Saarstein Pinot Blanc 2003 ($20)
- Pinot Blanc [12.5% alcohol] from the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer region of Southwestern Germany
- Shiny yellow-gold in color with noticeable stickyness/leggyness in the glass
- Scents of canned pears (in light syrup!), oranges and custard
- Medium-bodied with lowish acidity - heading towards off-dry, but not yet over the line. Saarstein Pinot offers simple, refreshing flavors of citrus coupled to hints of blossom and almond. The in-mouth texture is rich, with a slightly overripe character on the finish
*** (3 stars out of 5)
I was on a veggie kick when I sampled the Schloss, and it paired quite well with roasted Swiss chard and sautéed baby red potatoes in garlic & butter. I recommend keeping your foods firmly in the salty/savory camp with this wein. Otherwise the sweetness might be a bit much. If you see S. Saarstein Pinot Blanc for $15 or so, grab it. I think $20 is too high.