The Pinner has a soft nose of citrus, flowers, and cream. On the palate, there are white cherries, vanilla, subtle citrus notes, a nice richness without being too weighty. The wine finishes dry. A "winter white", if there ever was one, Pinner pairs well wtih soft cows milk cheeses, like Taleggio, or pasta with seafood - Feast of the Seven Fishes, anyone? It drinks equally well on its own.
I have a penchant for blancs de noir, or white wines made from red grapes, especially when the wines are really good. When I heard about this famed Barolo producer's white made from 100% pinot noir, I had to try it. In prior vintages, it had been labeled "Langhe Bianco", a designation given to white wines from Piedmont, usually assembled from Chardonnay, Arneis, or Sauvignon Blanc. I had never given it any attention, though I do like Langhe Biancos as a rule. But I learned that Cavallotto's Langhe Bianco is made from pinot noir vinified without the skins, which sounded lovely to me. It did not, however, sound so pleasing to the Italian authorities, who recently decided that using Pinot Noir in a Langhe Bianco is not permissible. The Cavallottos decided to get around the regulation by calling their wine "Pinner". Glad they were able to work their way around the system, because that means a great white wine for us.
The Cavallottos have been making wine for five generations. They adhere to traditional winemaking techniques and prefer to make wines that express the uniqueness of each vintage rather than wines that taste the same each year, resulting in wines of personality.