Pinot Blanc, the latest member of the Pinot family at Yamhill Valley Vineyards, was first planted in 1993. It is thought to be a mutation of Pinot Gris. We had been impressed with what some of Oregona s early producers had done with it and decided to plant a small plot. When the first grapes arrived in 1996 they made such a wonderous wine that we immediately began making plans to expand our plantations. Over the next two years we added 14 acres in two separate plots using two certified Alsatian clones. We even ripped out our mature 10 acres of chardonnay to replant with this marvelous variety.What first fired our imagination about the wine from our site was the silky feel in the mouth, an intriguing mineral quality, and the scent and taste of melons. The combination was stunning and completely different from its sister, Pinot Gris. We realized it was possible to grow two white Pinot members and have both produce exciting but very different wines. Our 2007 Pinot Blanc is cool and crisp with a hint of apple. Just perfect for an afternoon on the deck in summer or relaxing by the fire after a day of skiing. Refreshing either way. Fermented and aged in stainless steel this is not a complex wine. Maybe not a big wine but clean, brisk and delicious. Enjoy with seafood, light-flavored meats, light-medium sauces and mild-flavored cheeses.