Labrats reporting in on the Pinot Blanc:
Tasted with my wife. As a forward note, we did this a while after dinner (popcorn, Sour Patch Kids, and pop at WALL*E with the kids), and with crackers and cheese (please don't ask what kind) after the kids left with grandma. Let it be noted that we are like Ebert and Roeper when it comes to our wine - thumbs up or thumbs down. So we're trying here. Ask questions if you want, I'll be around tomorrow.
When I first opened the PB - at a fairly cold 40-45º, a sweet smell of pear accented by apples absolutely jumps out. This bodes well for my wife who loves sweet wines.
It is a nice pastel yellow when poured, looks pretty in the glass.
Smells good, looks fine, hoping the taste will blow our minds:
First taste, somewhat effervescent, but more smooth, sweet on the tongue, with the same pear and apple coming through in bushels. The finish is delectable – the sweetness fading somewhat, with the warmth and body enveloping the tongue and throat (my wife described the taste/feel as smoky in a good way). Good body, nice finish, not as sweet once it is down.
Second tasting - wine has warmed up significantly, and the experience is almost the opposite from above. There is a pleasant tartness at the top, reaching over the sweetness of the pear and apple, although they are still there.
As the wine moves through the mouth, the tartness mostly evaporates, leaving a pear and apple finish even more pronounced than it was before, less smoky
Although there were two distinct tastes, we enjoyed it both ways. With the first tasting, the wine was sweet, which made it very approachable. As it warmed up and flared its true colors, it was a little more dry. However, it was too late for someone who likes sweeter wines (the wife) to back out of, she was hooked. I may have to up my order...
As you can see, we tasted twice, leaving about half the bottle left over. The wine stood by its own with our 'impromptu' menu, and was very enjoyable on a warm summer night.
We are completely kidless tomorrow night, when we plan to finish the bottle off. I am taking suggestions on home-made, preferably land-based meals that take less than an hour from prep to finish for under $25 ingredients for two. After making that meal, I will come back and report back additional notes at that time.