A perfectly balanced, food-friendly Rosé that displays the fruity delicacy of Pinot Noir on a fine mineral frame. The Villa Wolf Pinot Noir Rosé is made with fruit from vineyards that are farmed expressly for the purpose of producing a true rosé (no saignée or coloring with red wine). Only perfectly ripe, healthy grapes are selected. Upon harvest, the fruit is given a brief maceration (four to six hours) to extract a lovely pink color from the Pinot Noir grapes. The wine is delicate and refreshing, with deliciously bright fruit flavors and a clean, zippy finish.
The 2021 Vintage
After six consecutive hot and very dry years, the 2021 vintage was a welcome change. The year was rather cool and moist which presented unique challenges in the Pfalz. These weather conditions increased disease potential and made it hard for Pinot Noir and early-ripening white wine varieties to ripen evenly. We also worried that the excess rain in the spring would negatively impact the flowering in June, but it took place with no issues thanks to the extensive canopy management work we had done in advance. The sun finally appeared when it really mattered—in September and October—and we were able to harvest perfectly ripe and healthy grapes. Our 2021 vintage wines exude a wonderful balance of ripe fruit aromas, excellent acidity, and elegant minerality. They already offer great enjoyment to drink now, but will also benefit greatly from cellaring.
For Your Thanksgiving Table
Crisp and refreshing
Blend: 100% Pinot Noir
Appellation: Pfalz, Germany
Harvest: No over-ripe or botrytis-affected fruit
Vinification: Brief maceration to extract color. Fermentation in stainless steel. No malolactic. Light filtration before bottling. No fining.
6x 2021 Villa Wolf Pinot Noir Rosé, Pfalz, Germany
12x 2021 Villa Wolf Pinot Noir Rosé, Pfalz, Germany
Not for sale online, $204/case MSRP
About The Winery
The Villa Wolf Winery
Founded in 1756, the Villa Wolf winery was a successful and highly regarded wine estate for more than two centuries. Ernst Loosen, owner of Dr. Loosen, took over the winery in 1996, launching a dramatic revival of the estate’s quality and reputation. The Villa Wolf varietal line-up features exceptionally affordable, classic Pfalz wines made from traditional grape varieties. The Pfalz (aka ‘Palatinate’) region is in the Rhine river valley in southwest Germany. Because it is one of the warmer and drier areas of cool-climate Germany, wine grapes do quite well here, where it is possible to achieve full ripeness in every vintage.
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Villa Wolf 2021 Pinot Noir Rose
My wife was excited they finally sent a wine for her!
Popped it in the cooler for dinner which was already a southwestern stew… Not an ideal pairing, but que sera.
Color: Pale peach
Nose: Cherry/cherry blossom
Very hard to pick up any notes while it’s chilled, had to wait for it to come to room temp to really drink it.
Peach and white cherry on the front with slightly acidic sweet and sour finish. The sweetness isn’t pronounced, reminds me of slightly more sour SweetTarts.
When it warmed up, I don’t know how to describe it…there’s a fuzzy mouth feel even though it has no bubbles.
Was an easy drinker, I almost forgot to save some for day 2.
Left it with the screwtop at room temp since that’s where it was best.
Day 2 the sweet/sour cherries are more pronounced and it doesn’t feel fuzzy/fizzy anymore. The acidity perfectly cut through the curry chicken rice cakes we had for dinner.
Didn’t realize until the dregs, but there is what appears to be crystallized sugar sediment, RS must be significantly higher than my palate thought.
It would be easy to drink too much of this sitting on a patio with a group of friends regardless the pairing; thats probably the destiny of however much we get. Guestimated Casemates price point is $11-15/bottle.
@bent80@kaolis The tartrate crystals are quite common in white and rose wines. Most large producers in the U.S. use a clarifying process to prevent that, because it’s often viewed as a “defect” by consumers even though it can be normal. But limited production wineries intentionally skip that process to keep the wine more original and natural. I’ve found these crystals many times in white wines from smaller producers in California and the Northwest.
The Pfalz is where I went to Winemaking and Viticulture school back in 1975. My best friend to this day I met at school is Kurt Wolf. Not the same winery, but he also has his own Wolf winery. I meet Ernie Loosen years ago and have always been impressed with his wines. So I’m in. I love Pinot Rose from the Rheinland Pfalz. Added information. To label wine dry in Germany the acidity has to be within 2 points of the residual sugar. This wine with 8 grams acidity and 1.1 grams of sugar falls just outside of being labeled dry. It falls into the designation of half dry. The labrat reports of sweet and sour make sense. I like these wines when the acid masks the residual sugar and when the residual sugar softens the acid. Sounds like this wine has done that. The crystals in the bottom of the bottle are tartrates. As a winemaker I would rather see the tartrates. The process of taking them out in the winemaking process can diminish the structure and fruit of the wine.