Often unfairly overshadowed by its better known cousin Pinot Grigio, Pinot Bianco steps out into the light in cooler vineyards, like Alsace in northern France or Friuli in northern Italy – or now, expressively, across the border in the northerly Adriatic peninsula of Istria. In protected positions and cooled by sea breezes, Pinot Bianco perfectly captures the lightness of being Istria, even in a hot summer like 2011. Harvested early, the ripe grapes offer a bouquet of spring flowers, and on the palate such a lift and freshness that, paired with light summer food, it dances on the stage of an Istrian table.


Femmes et vins du Monde 2012, Monaco, SILVER