Review: 2007 Albert Mann Pinot Blanc Vin d'Alsace

Crisp and minerally, the 2007 Pinot Blanc from Alsace producer Albert Mann still has some flesh on its bones. Lightly scented with white peach, it has a surprisingly lush texture for a Pinot Blanc. A summer white with character and finesse.

Terrific with a chalky white goat cheese and a bowl of olives and almonds, it's also a good match for an onion tart or flammekuche. I'd serve it with lentil salad with preserved lemon, a frittata or a summery antipasti spread.

-- S. Irene Virbila

Region: Alsace

Price: about $15

Style: aromatic and crisp

What it goes with: goat cheese, onion tart, lentil salad, frittata

Where to find it: Beverage Warehouse in Los Angeles (Marina del Rey) (310) 306-2822, www.beverage; Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa (949) 650-8463, www; La Costa Wine Co. in Carlsbad, (760) 431-8455; www.lacostawineco; and Wine Exchange in Orange (714) 974-1454 and (800) 76WINEX, www.winex

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