Villa Wolf Pfalz Pinot Gris 2019
The Pfalz region is located along the Rhine river, just opposite from Alsace. Pinot Gris has a long tradition here. This jaw-dropping value is richer and more intense than most Pinot Gris at this price point. 100% stainless steel fermented. Aromas of white peach, Anjou pear, white flowers and beeswax. Clean, pure and juicy on the palate with uncommon density and acidity; full-bodied, dry style with fresh, unoaked fruit and a crisp texture.
A perfect match for salmon, grilled chicken or your favorite pork chop recipe.
Famed Mosel Riesling winemaker Ernst Loosen purchased the Villa Wolf Estate in the Pfalz village of Wachenheim in 1996. Of course Villa Wolf produces excellent, mineral-driven dry rieslings from the estate’s sandstone, limestone and basalt soils. But its focus on Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris have generated more attention. The Pinot Noir Rose in particular is downright addictive. All of the Villa Wolf wines are clean, pure, bright, focused and extremely food-friendly. They also represent superb value. Erni Loosen calls his second winery “True Pfalz”.
This sunny and relatively dry region served for many years as a German tourist mecca and was associated with low cost, cheerful wines. But since the 1980s, it has gained a reputation as one of Germany’s more innovative regions, which has led to increased international demand.
This “white” variety is actually born out of a mutation of Pinot Noir and shows a unique rosy, purplish hue upon full ripeness. The grape boasts two versions of its name and two generally distinct styles: the crisp, Italian Pinot Grigio and the softer French Pinot Gris. Somm Secret—Given the color of its berries and aromatic potential, Pinot Grigio is commonly used to make "orange wines." An orange wine is a white wine made with fermentation on its skins (similar to red wine making), leading to n orange hued wine with ephemeral aromas and extra complexity.