|This is going to be a fun one. We begin with a delightful Pinot Noir from the Mosel Valley
and finish the newsletter with a very serious Pinot Noir from the same valley.
Everything in between is a bonus.
OK. We love the label but more importantly: WE LOVE THIS WINE!
Pinot Noir (or Spatburgunder as its known in Germany) is off the charts just plain delicious.
Watch the label in motion here
As for the wine:
2018 Jan Matthias Klein Pinot Noir 'Little Red Riding Wolf' (Germany, Mosel) $32.50
From the Mosel: This unfiltered, no added sulphites Pinot Noir is fascinating. Aromas are earthy but the palate is really clean and lively, with wild cherry fruit and a very subtle suggestion of grip. All in all, a great, fruit-packed glass that is easygoing but not inconsequential.
Half the grapes come from the Krov Paradies behind the winery, a limestone and clay site. The other half comes from the Krov Letterlay, a steep site of grey slate, contributing Pinot of more tension and less overt ripeness. Grapes are destemmed and fermented in open steel vats. Fermentation lasts 18 days followed by 4 weeks on the skins. After pressing, the wine is transferred to a 1000L fuder and aged for 18 months.
Unfined, unfiltered, zero added sulfur. Certified organic and vegan (Yup!).
2018 Max Ferd. Richter Spatburgunder (Pinot Noir) (Germany, Mosel) $38
We heard vague rumors that this wine existed at the estate a year or so ago.
We searched the internet to no avail. Finally, we turned to the importer and asked, no begged them to special order a few cases for us. Fast forward to now and what has arrived at Renegade is a spectaular Pinot Noir from the Mosel.
At the beginning of this newsletter you read about a fun, lively, fascinating Pinot from Mosel.
This one is more cerebral, serious, brooding. We took notes today while tasting. Here are a few:
Boysenberry, black raspberry and cherry, with additional fruit notes of cranberry and dark currants.
There's earth and a spine of minerality thrown in. Savory notes come out on the extremely long finish.
Our last sip was 20 minutes ago and the wine is still lingering.
We wrote: "A shinning example of Mosel Pinot Noir (Spatburgunder)".
Shiverick Imports was kind of enough to send us 48 bottles. We imagine they will sell out pretty quick.
Call or email 805.568.1961 to reserve your wines and we'll have it ready ASAP.
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