Last night at chez moi, the menu featured sautéed shrimp in a buerre blanc sauce with pesto pasta and wilted spinach. My wine of choice? The white wine version of my favorite varietal--a Pinot Blanc.
As I've mentioned previously, Dutton-Goldfield knows how to make a mighty fine Pinot Noir. They do a great job with the white wines, too, including Chardonnay, Riesling and Gewurtztraminer.
The 2011 Dutton-Goldfield Shop Block Pinot Blanc (Russian River Valley, Sonoma; $25/btl) is a very limited production released just in time for summer. It smells of white flowers and grapefruit but it's less acidic on the palate than the nose suggests. Nuances of cantaloupe, stone fruits, and guava give way to a crisp finish with lingering notes of mineral and lime.
This wine makes a superb aperatif and paired nicely with the shrimp. Cheers!