Huber Malterdinger Pinot Noir 2014
The Malterdinger Pinot Noir is the village wine from Weingut Huber in Baden. Fruit comes from vines of up to 25 years of age, with deeper roots, 30 to 35% whole bunch. After harvesting the grapes with a crop round 55 hl per ha, this wine matures for 12 months in three- and four-year-old barriques.
The Wine Front – Has an earthy/lead pencil thing going on over dark and sour cherry, with a little spice and sap. It’s medium-bodied, vigorous and energetic, with again that lead pencil stuff, and a slaty mineral feel. Perhaps some orange peel on the finish too, and a lick of kitten’s tongue tannin to close. Lovely stuff. You can smash it, or contemplate it, but either way it’s a fine glass of Pinot Noir.
Robert Parker/Wine Advocate – From 22-year-old vines on loess and shell limestone soils, the cherry coloured 2014 Malterdinger Spätburgunder trocken opens with a very clear, bright and spicy bouquet of wild red berries, cherries and beautiful earthy flavors. Medium to full-bodied, fruit-intense and vital on the palate, this is a very elegant, aromatic and silky textured Pinot in perfect balance. The acidity is remarkably fine and the finish, though still a very little bit reductive, is pure, dry, fresh and beautifully aromatic. This is an impressive village wine from Baden's Breisgau subregion. There is just a hint of toast and mocha flavors in the aftertaste. 89 points. Stephan Reinhardt, Wine Advocate February 2017
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