Wine of the Week: Left Coast Cellars White Pinot Noir 2019

Wait a minute. Pinot Noir is a red wine grape, so what is this nonsense about a white?

Well, in this case, it’s unique, and not, in fact, nonsensical. But it’s a wine that few people have probably tasted, and that’s too bad. What it lacks in color–very slightly straw-hued–it makes up for in spades with fruit and a rich, almost oily mouthfeel. With pear, pineapple and citrus flavors, and a floral aroma, this is really not something you should pass up. Now, I know that “traditional” Pinot Noir / red Burgundy drinkers and aficionados may think this wine’s very existence is a heresy (or is it apostasy?) and I get their point, but in the era of “orange” wine, and an explosion of dry rosé, much of it execrable, this is a real treat and a conversation starter, for sure.

Left Coast Cellars is a Willamette (will-lam-mut) Valley, Oregon winery offering a portfolio of classic whites including Viognier, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, and this white Pinot Noir; a Blanc de Noir and Brut Rosé sparkler; reds including Pinot Noir, Syrah, and a rare Pinot Meunier varietal; a couple hard apple ciders; and of course a still rosé.

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