A consistent award-winning Rose - Wine Enthusiast “Best Buy” Vintages 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014
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.
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 Case:
12x 2021 Villa Wolf Pinot Noir Rosé, Pfalz, Germany
Not for sale online, $204/case MSRP
About The Winery
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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Last night we just had the last bottle of this from its previous offering and thought ‘that’s too bad, we really enjoyed it.’ But how apropos that it’s todays offering. It is a very dry rose with the ability to pair well with light of moderately heavy food, plus it’s a screw off. In for 2 cases.
@jastarboard@rjquillin Hmm, the “very dry rosé” seems at odds with the 10.8g/l spec. That wouldn’t make it sweet or even semi-sweet, but doesn’t sound like something “very dry” either, though of course I have never tried this one… or for that matter, almost any rosé from the region. Can you compare with any offerings here in the past from California or the Northwest?
I have had previous vintage of this wine and the acidity more than balanced any sweetness, not the same bottle I know. From what I remember I can’t compare anything from Cali or Washington to this wine.
This is the area in Germany where I went to winemaking school (Weinbau Schule Neustadt) back in the mid 70’s. I have met Ernst Loosen and like this wine. In Germany the term dry is in relation to the acidity. To call a wine dry (Trocken) the residual sugar has to be within 2 points of the acidity. 10.8 grams per liter RS (1.1%) the wine needs to have a total acid of 8.8 grams per liter (.88 grams/100ml total acidity). I have found this wine to usually have enough acidity to balance out the residual sugar to give the wine a pleasant dry effect. I’m in. Cheers, Scott
Today’s comments, prior reviews and those from other sites piqued my interest. Scott Harvey’s comments here and on the earlier offering sealed it for me. Sounds like this would be perfect for summer get togethers