Finally I get to taste the legendary 18. Been waiting for this day for almost a year. It does not disappoint. Nose is slightly muted but has stunning florals. Violets and mid season cherries. Really ethereal. Stunning earth and minerals. Just sick. Such clarity, detail and vividness. A nose one cannot stop smelling. Smells like elite 1er Cru Red Burgundy. Like VR or CM. Maybe a NSG near VR. This is the creme de la creme. My goodness this is a benchmark German Pinot. Wow. This is even better, albeit young on the palate. Sweet like you cannot believe and unreal power, depth and concentration. Such power but also grace. This is super refined and also has substantial structure and length. Wow the length. Nose gets so complex after 10 minutes or so. Just insane. Herbal, forest, wild flowers. Sickness. There are so many elements here it’s hard to describe. The sweetness on the palate is crazy. But it’s backed up by unreal minerality and earthiness. While this is obviously young this is the greatest young Thorle Pinot I’ve ever had. Just stunning.
Closes up with air and structure becomes more prominent but just massive power, depth and concentration. — 6 days ago
Holy moly. This is psychotic. What a nose. Deep, penetrating, wild cherries, forest floor, so so perfumed. An earthy sweetness is just overwhelming. Amazing. So elegant and delicate. Yet so deep and vivid. Best young Probstey Pinot nose ever. Just ridiculous. Palate is sweet, dense and so clear. The clarity on this is bananas. Sweet, silky and super deep. Velvety tannins and so much energy. Terrific wood spice on the nose. Adds so much. Complexity on fleek. Almost painful concentration. Amazing cherries. A literal tiny berry fruit cherry explosion. Genius. Finish is all limestone, sweet cherries and velvet. A masterpiece. — 6 days ago
Gorgeous nose of mid season cherries, sour cherries, some hints of black cherries and loads of earth and mineral. Sappy, sweet and deep. Terrific red fruits and awesome energy and purity. Stunning depth and sweetness. What a value for Gutswein. As it airs you even get some citrus on the nose. Terrific hint of rusticity and great velvety tannins that suggest short term aging — 6 days ago
Dark & brooding, with great depth & purity of fruit and dark spices in the background. Sour cherries, dark sweet cherries, a whiff of huckleberry.
Tightly wound on the palate with fine, grippy, juicy tannins and brilliant cherry acidity. This has presence & focused complexity yet remains very elegant.
This is a stunning, profound wine.
(The fact you can get a small bottle for 9€ on board of a Lufthansa flight is today’s surprise of the century!) — 19 days ago
The best value Pinot value play in the Rheinhessen IMHO. Amazingly deep nose. So deep. So classy. Dark tee cherries. Violets. Layered, delicate and intense. Wow this nose smells like grand cru. It’s seriously the best nose I’ve ever smelled on this wine. It’s so refined and vivid. Palate is sweet, layered, structured and complex. This needs air but man is it all there. Big vivacious tannins and incredible sap and structure. Fresh and dense. What energy and depth. Big clamps down on the finish. Really long. I’ll be back in an hour. After air the nose gets more brambly. Palate gets even sweeter but high acid and nice sour cherries to counterbalance.
9.3 to 9.4 with air. Sweeter, deeper and more cut. Cuts a swath across the palate. Great. Long finish. — 6 days ago