2014 Markus Molitor Trarbacher Schlossberg Pinot Noir

2014 Markus Molitor Trarbacher Schlossberg Pinot Noir


When I asked Katharina which of the Pinot Noirs are her favorite, she unhesitatingly mentiond this wine. From the steeps of Trarbach, this is the first Pinot Noir that Markus ever made, as he has always been attracted to the majestic and inimitable steepest sites of the Mosel. She gave me a bottle of the 2011 which I haven’t yet had time to taste since returning last week. Nonetheless, I look forward to it……

“”At the extreme southern tip of the meandering Schlossberg Einzellage, just below the Ungsberg, sits Markus Molitor’s original Pinot Noir vineyard – the source of numerous memorable and remarkably ageworthy reds. This steep parcel is seriously threatened by erosion and its diminutive size as well as its secluded, woodsy location distant from any other Molitor holdings have contributed to a precarious status in his lineup, with several recent vintages having either failed to support separate upbringing or succumbed to pests ranging from fungal to hooved. So it’s heartening to witness a new vintage, and this one lives up to a reputation for highly distinctive excellence that one won’t mistake for that of a Molitor Pinot from Brauneberg or Graach. Fresh sour cherry and rhubarb are accented with coriander seed, rose hip and smoky black tea in a pungent aromatic mélange and on a bright, lively, polished palate. An elusive, musky animal note adds intrigue, accompanied by a deep, mouthwateringly meaty savor. Hints of toasted oak in no way stiffen or dry a finish that manages to deliver virtually white-wine-like refreshment without any loss of richness or (fine-grained) tannic structure.” 93 David Schildknecht

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