Weingut Schlossmühlenhof Spätburgunder Trocken Blanc de Noirs Rosé 2015
Regularly $17.99, now $14.99 through July 31 while supplies last!
That's a crazy long string of words to describe a dry Pinot Noir rosé! Excessive verbiage is certainly part of many German wine labels and so it's part of our story here. Here's a quick glossary:
- Weingut is simply a wine growing estate, like a Chateau in France, where the grapes are grown, harvested, made into wine, and bottled all on the property.
- Schlossmühlenhof is the name of the estate, located in the Rheinhessen area of Germany.
- Spätburgunder is the German name for Pinot Noir. Legend is that in the 8th Century, Charlemagne brought the first Pinot Noir vines to the Rheinhessen region noticing a similarity in climate and soil to Burgundy.
- Trocken means the wine is fermented dry. An extra word for sure, but a lot of people like to know if their wine is dry so here's the designation.
- Blanc de Noirs is a French term for a white wine made from red grapes. In this case the wine has picked up some color so we are also calling it a "rosé".
The folks at Schlossmühlenhof work the vineyard "organically" but not by any legal standard, preferring to say that they use "ecologically healthy farming practices". We'll take them at their word on that one, and if you know us at VWM, we love wines made on the property from vintners working in a manner that cares for the health of the land. The Pinot Noir for this wine comes from a unique parcel of limestone soil.
Now to the wine! It has just the palest color, a hint of coppery, salmon orange. There's a brightness on the palate, fresh red berries and a minerality translated from the limestone. With several months of lees aging (leftover yeast and grape particles from the fermentation) the wine has picked up extra flavor and a little texture.
Fantastic summer wine, refreshing complexity!
Purchase a bottle from now through July 31 and save $3 off of the regularly price of $17.99, now $14.99!