From the limestone shelf of the Steinacker, a rockhead happy place of mine, this wine was chosen as the Best Pinot Noir in Germany in some publication (I forget which…) for the 2015 vintage, a wine that I shouted to the heavens how good it is before it was so awarded….This year’s example is right in stride, with a self-evident sense of class and dynamic complexity that is a pure delicious delight. Between its super pure red fruited aromatics with whisps of whole cluster spice and limestone mineral reductiveness, to the super precise and silky red fruits that echo the whole cluster wild herbs/spice and linear limestone mineral drive, this is just class in a glass by any name. This would be a knockout 1er cru value if it came from Burgundy. I know that many of you have listened to me in the past on this one, so trust me once again and get some of this……A little star * awarded here. Again, I can just tip my cap to these guys, Bravo!!
“From a plot right above the former quarry, so on a very poor and stony limestone soils that yielded only four barrels from one hectare, the 2018 Spätburgunder Kallstadter Steinacker is from French clones planted at high density—9,000 vines per hectare—in 2015. The nose is fascinatingly fresh and delicate, very precise and elegant, showing intense and juicy yet concentrated red and black currant and black cherry aromas with a bit of toasty notes and smoked bacon. Fermented with one-third whole clusters, this is a terribly fresh, tightly structured and silky Pinot with tart sour cherry fruit, fine tannins and a lovely mineral, lemon-fresh and chalky minerality. Very promising. Aged for 15 months in Burgundian pièces, the wine will be bottled in June this year. Tasted as a sample at the domain in March and then in Bremen in April. Release date: December 2020.” 92-93+ Stephan Reinhardt for the 2018, NOT THE 2020 OFFERED HERE