Villa Wolf Pinot Noir 2017 75cl
This was our first German Pinot Noir and its formidable success was in no small part down to its provenance - it comes from the JL Wolf estate in Pfalz which benefits from the steady knowledgeable and quality-driven direction of Ernst Loosen.
This has been a JN success story with customers returning for more after they experience the quality of this Pinot. The wine shows lovely pure fruit on the nose and palate. It is warm and medium-bodied with dark cherry fruit a firm structure and a spicy mid-palate. Six months of barrique ageing - in one-third used oak and two-thirds used foudres gives it a smoky depth and a nice backbone of earthy tannins. If you find New Zealand Pinots overly fruity and unsubtle try this - it shows less obvious fruit but has an earthiness and depth that gives it an added dimension.
"Luscious, sun-ripened blackberries and cherries are boldly concentrated in this easy drinking but elegantly composed Pinot Noir. Fresh acidity and fine-grained, pleasantly bitter tannins make it an approachable introduction to German Pinot with a gentle price tag. Drink now through 2020. 90 Points - Besy Buy."
(Anna Lee C. Iijima, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Jan 2017)