2014 Enderle & Moll "Liaison" Pinot Noir Baden

SKU #1274196 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Liaison is 100% Pinot Noir with a fresh and very subtle, yet ripe and spicy nose with rose petal flavors. Low in sulfur, this is a nicely pure, fine and refreshing wine with ripe red fruit flavors, a good grip and mineral tension. (SR)  (6/2016)

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No fining or filtration, and 40-50% whole cluster fermentation. Wine Advocate's Stephan Reinhardt enthused about the duo behind Enderle & Moll in his 2015 notes on the winery: "Sven Enderle and Florian Moll cultivate 2.4 hectares of vines on shell limestone and Buntsandstein soils in the village of Münchweier, which is located in the Ortenau district in the southwest German wine region of Baden. The grapes from another hectare of organically farmed vines are purchased. Enderle & Moll have built a reputation for their excellent Pinot Noirs that are among the finest in all of Baden, the heartland of German Spätburgunder...I highly recommend tasting the Pinot Noirs (including the Rosé), which are still extremely reasonably priced." (11/2015)

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Staff Image By: Mahon McGrath | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/24/2016 | Send Email
Flavors of pepper, strawberry, cinnamon, soil and caraway have pungency here, yet retain that Pinot Noir elegance and transparency. The spiced fruit character resolves to spice on the palate, with caraway carrying the day. An earthy dimension is close behind, showing up in suggestions of iron and beet.

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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.


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