Whoa! White Pinot Noir?

Western Living - - FOOD + TRAVEL - Neal McLen­nan's Wine Pick

You’re not trip­ping: this bot­tle from pinot cham­pion

Spear­head is in­deed a white wine made from the famed red grape (Tin­horn Creek made a sim­i­lar ex­per­i­men­tal batch last year, too). But let’s calm down for a sec­ond. A large por­tion of most Cham­pagne is also made from pinot, so this white wine/red grape thing is not without prece­dent. To ac­com­plish this, you need to use a very light press of whole clus­ters of grapes, let­ting the clear juice run off and avoid­ing con­tact with the grape skins—that would im­part the colour. And the re­sult is a treat: some ripe peach and crisp nec­tarine that’s all vi­brancy and zip. And at $24, it’s a rar­ity without a rar­efied price.

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