2019-C Villa Wolf Pinot Noir Rose, Pfalz, Germany (750ml)
A Seasonal Rosé Wine Club Selection
Rosé of Pinot Noir often exemplifies delicacy. However, this wine is quintessentially German with an assertive fruitiness that is juxtaposed against mouthwatering acidity. The delicate aromas of red fruits burst with a juicy palate of strawberry and tart cherry. The finish is delightfully bright and refreshing.
Founded in 1756 in the Pfalz region of Germany, the J.L. Wolf estate (now called Villa Wolf) was a successful and highly regarded winery for more than two centuries. It entered an especially glamorous era with the construction of its Italian estate house and villa in 1843. In the latter years of the 20th century, however, the estate languished, lacking a firm hand to guide its wine production. Ernst Loosen, of the Dr. Loosen estate, took over the vineyards in 1996, launching a dramatic turnaround in the estate’s quality and reputation.
Since 2011, the estate has been managed by a talented and dedicated young team that previously worked at Dr. Loosen. Sumi Gebauer and Patrick Möllendorf have brought renewed energy and focus to the viticulture and winemaking at Villa Wolf. The goal at Villa Wolf is to produce wines that express the pure, authentic terroir of the Pfalz, which is both warmer and drier than, for example, the Mosel. This also makes it an excellent area in Germany for Pinot Noir.
In addition to Pinot Noir, Ernst and his team have expanded the Villa Wolf portfolio to include Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer and Dornfelder. To preserve the nature and high quality of the vineyards, Villa Wolf employs sustainable vineyard practices. Winemaking emphasizes gentle handling of the fruit and minimalist techniques such as fermentation and aging in large, neutral oak casks, and spontaneous fermentation with natural occurring yeasts. In their constant pursuit of improvement, Patrick and Sumi hope to capture the purity and special characteristics of the region, vineyard and grape variety in each of their wines.