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Ziereisen Spätburgunder [Pinot Noir] 'Talrain'

Ziereisen Spätburgunder [Pinot Noir] 'Talrain'

Grape: Pinot Noir
Site: Tailrain The single non-local vineyard, Hanspeter is super stoked by the site, which is a half-hour away on the lower hills of the Black Forest, on limestone layered with iron-rich clay, in a strikingly high elevation of almost 2,000 feet.
Fermentation: Spontaneous in stainless steel
Soils: Limestone with iron rich clay
Maceration: 6 Weeks on skins
Whole Cluster: 70% destemmed
Elevage: 2 years in large fuder, bottled without filtration

The single non-local vineyard, Hanspeter is super stoked by the site, which is a half-hour away on the lower hills of the Black Forest, on limestone layered with iron-rich clay, in a strikingly high elevation of almost 2,000 feet.

This was also the first of what would be several instances where I had to insist to Hanspeter that 2016 (or at least his 2016s ) was a superb vintage. Like everyone else, he received them as “light” after the lushness and power of ’15, but that lightness is agreeable, it gives the wines outline and contour, and it reveals hidden depths with air. This freshly bottled wine had all of 12% alc, and is simply beautiful, grasses and flowers and filigree, and the mid-palate swells into lovely richness and length. Here is a superb PN that no Burgundy could possibly approximate!

Producer:
Vintage:
2016
Country:
Germany
Region:
Baden
Appellation:
Baden
Variety:
Pinot Noir
Color:
Red
Farming Practice:
Sustainable

Press & Reviews

Wine Advocate

Score:
91
Date:
2020-02-03

Wine & Spirits

Score:
93
Date:
2020-04-13
Review:
Hanspeter and Edel Ziereisen are based in the Dreiländereck—the point where Germany, France and Switzerland meet. Basel is just to the south; Alsace’s Rangen vineyard lays to the west, and the Jurassic limestone that underlies that vineyard continues across the border to Ziereisen’s farm. This bottling comes from a parcel that sits at about 2,000 feet in elevation, the vines rooted in limestone with iron-rich clay. It captures the coolness of the site in its scents of roses and pine, its gauzy cherry flavors and its brisk acidity creating a lean and elegant line. The bright, wild-strawberry center fills the head with its fragrance, weightless but steadfast.