Modern Pfalz Pinot Noir from one of Germany's wine greats, Ernst Loosen
Ernie Loosen is the world’s ambassador for the Riesling grape variety. He produces an absolutely stunning range of wines made from this classic grape variety in the Mosel in Germany as well as the well known Villa Wolf wines from the Rhinepfalz.
The Rheinland Pfalz region lies to the north of Alsace, protected by the mountains, it is one of the warmer growing areas, able to ripen its fruit successfully in most vintages which was possibly the appeal to Riesling specialist Ernst Loosen, who has to contend with less predictable conditions on his more northerly home vineyards around Bernkastel.
Germany is the third-largest Pinot Noir producing country in the world, and the Pfalz is one of the major regions for this variety. Villa Wolf Pinot Noir is warm and medium-bodied, with a firm acid structure. Its dark cherry fruit is juicy, ripe, and forward, with a spicy mid-palate. Six months of barrique aging gives the wine a smoky depth and a nice touch of earthy tannins. Contains Sulphites.
Tasting Note: Juicy, dark cherry fruit, ripe and forward, with a spicy mid-palate.
Critics: Decanter WWA - Bronze 87/100 (2017), Jancis Robinson 16.1/20 (average producer score)
Pinot Noir (Spätburgunder)