Villa Wolf Pinot Noir 2016
Founded in 1756, the J.L. Wolf estate was a successful and highly regarded winery for more than two centuries. 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 couple who met while working at Dr. Loosen. Patrick Moellendorf and Sumi Gebauer have brought renewed energy and focus to the viticulture and winemaking at Villa Wolf.
Light and surprisingly fresh; its dark cherry fruit is juicy, ripe and forward, with a spicy mid-palate.
Twelve months of barrique aging gives the wine a smoky depth and a nice touch of earthy tannins.
This is a very grown-up Pinot Noir for the price; an excellent wine for everyday dining.