Pinot gris is one of those wine varieties that some people love and some people hate. Or perhaps it’s one of those varieties that’s easy to make poorly, lending itself to frequent dislike. But when it’s made right it can be beautifully delicious.
While many US wine consumers may not think of Germany when they think of pinot gris, it’s the 4th most grown white wine variety there. Although it’s often sold under the grauburgunder name versus pinot gris.
The Villa Wolf pinot gris comes from vineyards in Pfalz (Palatinate), Germany — the second largest producing wine region in Germany (after Rheinhessen). It’s also just northeast of the Alsace, France wine region. The wine is produced in stainless steel tanks in order to produce a crisp, fresh and lively wine. It’s part of the Ernst Loosen portfolio of wines, from which you may know the “Dr. Loosen” name.
This pinot gris has one of the most intense mineral noses I’ve every sniffed. It smells like wet river rocks with a splash of lemon/lime. The palate is absolutely beautiful, offering crisp lemon, a touch of pineapple and salty mineral flavors. It’s totally dry. The acidity is outstanding and the mouthfeel nice. It finishes with some crisp citrus and salty mineral flavors.
If you like really crisp, bright white wines with plenty of mineral, this is one you’ll love.
Wine: Villa Wolf
Varieties: Pinot gris
Average price: $12.00
Disclosure: This wine was received as a media sample.
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