Sunday, December 25, 2016

2015 Peter Zemmer Rollhutt Pinot Noir

*Sample Received*

This wine tonight comes from Northern Italy's Alto Adige region which sits on the border of Austria and Switzerland. Harvested from the southern slopes of the Dolomites, the region is well suited for growing these aromatic grapes for the wine. The vineyards themselves are situated in the middle of the valley floor and the farming is all herbicide free. Organic fertilizer for these grape vines which is why you will find wild flowers, grass and clover growing in the vineyard.

The nose shows nicely with bright red cherry, red berry clusters and red currents with a hint of wild flowers. 70% of the wine was barrel aged 12 months in french oak after 2 gentle rackings, with the remaining 30% in small casks of french oak (barriques) which were 2-3 years old. The wine is blended, bottled then aged an additional 6 months before release.

The mouth is soft and elegant with the cherries, sour cranberries and currant spice. The flavors flow beautifully in the mouth. Ripe mature fruit. SRP $18 a nice price point for this wine. Cellar up to 8 years.

Thanks Jane for this solid sample of Italian Pinot Noir


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