2016 Ökonomierat Rebholz Im Sonnenschein Pinot Blanc Grosses Gewächs Pfalz (Dry) (Previously $80)

SKU #1347660 95 points Wine Enthusiast

 Weissburgunder, or Pinot Blanc, is often noted for its neutrality, but it is unctuously rich and textural in this wine, with invigorating strikes of white peach, lemon and lime. This is anything but neutral. Full-figured yet stately, it's a lavish complex wine that lingers long on silken streaks of honey and waxy lemon peels. Enjoy now through 2031. *Editors' Choice* (AI)  (6/2018)

94 points James Suckling

 Still very young and a bit closed, but this is very finely-nuanced with a lot of depth and without much weight. Very long, salty/mineral finish. Better from 2018 and will hold for a couple of decades.  (11/2017)

93 points Vinous

 An alluring amalgam of apple, almond and sweet corn announces unmistakably that this is Pinot Blanc. Hints of iris and black tea lend bittersweetly perfumed and complexly smoky intrigue. The combination here of textural creaminess with refreshing brightness, active chalky impingement and clarity is quite marvelous and the finish is superbly persistent and palate-saturating. My chronological prognosis of ageworthiness may well underestimate this wine’s potential. (DS)  (6/2018)

Jancis Robinson

 Very restrained on the nose with faint floral and herbal aromas. Quite sweet on the palate with pear and lemon drops. Despite a fine herbal finish a little more acidity might have spiced things up a bit. (MS) 17/20 points  (9/2017)

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Varietal:

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.
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.
Sub-Region:

Pfalz

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