The Pfalz is a very warm and sunny region, often called the “Tuscany of Germany,” so all of the Pinot varieties do well here. The Villa Wolf Pinot Noir Rosé is a true rosé, made with a brief maceration before pressing to extract color. It is light and refreshing, with deliciously bright berry and fruit flavors and a clean, zippy finish. It’s perfect for holiday meals, especially when ham is involved.
In the Pfalz, 2019 began warm and dry, with no snow at all in winter, which is quite unusual for our area. After normal budbreak and flowering, we had a very dry spring, turning hot and drier in summer. Ripening of the fruit proceeded rapidly, so we began harvest a bit early, at the beginning of September. Due to the lack of water, the grapes were small, with hard, dense skins. This gave nice concentration and powerful aromatics to the fruit, but the yields were rather low. Excellent ripeness and high acidity give the wines freshening depth with brilliant structure.
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 Italianate 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.
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