I first discovered Lieb Cellars during a Northfork excursion over 3 years ago. I'm pretty sure it was my first taste of Pinot Blanc as well. I came across Lieb once again while dining out in the Northfork and knew it would be a sure bet for a group dinner at The Frisky Oyster.
Pinot Blanc is genetic mutation of Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris (aka Pinot Grigio) and I've come to find that it can vary widely depending on region and producer. It's certainly not a very widely planted grape in North America, but is one of the main grapes grown in Alsace (and grown well).
The wine from Lieb is produced from some of the oldest vines in the Northfork (1983 is old for the Northfork!) Fermentation takes place in stainless steel allowing the bright, crisp flavors shine through. The nose has notes of lemon zest and lemongrass; with a pleasant taste of tart green apple and a hint of minerality and salinity on the finish. It made for a great pairing with the signature "Oysters Friskafella" - The Frisky Oyster's take on oysters Rockefeller.
Wine: 2014 Lieb Cellars Reserve Pinot Blanc
Purchased: The Frisky Oyster
Price: $22 Retail