2013 Karl Joh. Molitor Hattenheimer Hassel Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir) Rheingau

SKU #1230523

This is quintessential cool climate Pinot Noir. Lighter bodied with snappy aromatics, subtle spice and a mix of fresh red and blue fruits. A strong pick for an easy going sipper which also pairs well with an array of foods and will even math up nicely with the majority of fish dishes.

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By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/25/2016 | Send Email
Karl Joh delivers a remarkably approachable and layered Pinot Noir at a surprisingly low price. The fruit is ripe, concentrated and well-rounded, and accompanied by subtly integrated oak characteristics. This is more than just an “everyday table wine”, it’s an under-priced and overly gratifying gem. Could Rheingau be the new Burgundy? If it is, take advantage of the low price while it lasts.​

By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/7/2016 | Send Email
One of the best values you'll see in Pinot Noir this year...Fresh, floral, soft fruit. Crunchy acidity, pure and easy drinking. Offers real composure for such an inexpensive wine.
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By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/5/2016 | Send Email
Don't let the long name or the low price scare you away, this is one of the finest values in Pinot Noir in the store. Usually Pinot in this value category are good enough if they are "red & wet" but this delivers spiced red cherry and a round, real wine texture. Ask us for the Karl Joh — you won't be disappointed!
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Varietal:

Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.
Country:

Germany

- Thanks to a recent string of excellent vintages and to the reemergence of Germany onto the international wine writing scene, this is a country that's hot, hot, hot! Germany is divided into 13 wine Region and produces a very wide variety of wine styles, from incredibly high-acid, dry wines to some of the sweetest, most unctuous concoctions on the planet and even a few surprisingly hearty reds. Most of the highest-quality wines are grown on steep banks along the rivers in these Region. Small vineyards are still mostly hand tended and picked, due to the difficult nature of mechanization on these slopes. White wine production accounts for nearly 80% of the total with Riesling being the most important varietal, though Muller-Thurgau is still more widely planted. Click for a list of bestselling items from Germany.
Sub-Region:

Rheingau

Alcohol Content (%): 13