2014 Ökonomierat Rebholz Im Sonnenschein Pinot Blanc Grosses Gewächs Pfalz (Dry)

SKU #1237829 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Clear, pure, deep and elegant, this wine has the smokehouse and sweet marjoram flavors that you can also pick up in the Riesling of this cru. The 2014 Im Sonnenschein Weisser Burgunder GG is a very elegant, juicy and aromatic Pinot Blanc with a nice juiciness, fruit intensity and a long, salty finish. The wine has more power and is richer and creamy at this early stage than the sibling from the Mandelberg, showing more tannins; it should be aged for at least another five years. If there is a Pinot Blanc in the Rebholz portfolio that could eventually gain more complexity in a Stück or Doppelstück vat, it would be the Im Sonnenschein GG. (SR)  (12/2015)

Jancis Robinson

 Pinot Blanc tends not to be the most fragrant variety at the best of times, and Rebholz’ Im Sonnenschein exercises this restraint perfectly by offering just glimpses of green fruit, herbs and a tad of smoky minerality on the nose. Thus it’s not the delicate notes of melon and pear which call the tune on the palate, but the pure expression of minerality in its salty and stony nuances. Acidity shows presence without domination, the curves of the body are ample but not plump. (MS)  (9/2015)

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Pinot Blanc

- Also known as Pinot Bianco in Italy and Weissburgunder in Germany and Austria, Pinot Blanc is thought to be a mutation of Pinot Gris (which is said to be a lighter mutation of Pinot Noir). While the varietal's roots are Burgundian (it was frequently confused with Chardonnay throughout history) it is rare there these days, instead finding its best iterations in France's Alsace, Germany's Pfalz and Baden, Austria's Wachau and in Italy's Trentino-Alto Adige, Veneto, Friuli and Lombardy winegrowing regions. It produces full-bodied whites with relatively high acidity, yeasty citrus and appley aromas and flavors and hints of spice. Aged Pinot Blancs take on lovely honeyed tones.


- 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.