Founded in 1756, in the Pfalz region of Germany, the J.L. Wolf estate (now called Villa Wolf) is today part of the Dr. Loosen estate, who took over the vineyards in 1996, launching a dramatic turnaround in the estate’s quality and reputation.
Since 2011, the estate has been managed by a talented and dedicated young couple who met while working at Dr. Loosen – Patrick Moellendorf and Sumi Gebauer have brought renewed energy and focus to the viticulture and winemaking at Villa Wolf.
100% Pinot Noir. All the fruit is de-stemmed and then fermented in stainless steel. Half of the cuvée is matured for 12-15 months in used oak barrels to add depth and complexity; half in stainless steel to enhance the fruit and freshness of the wine.
Villa Wolf Pinot Noir is warm and medium-bodied, with a firm acid structure. Its dark cherry fruit is juicy, ripe and forward, with a spicy mid-palate. Twelve months of barrique ageing gives the wine a smoky depth and a nice touch of earthy tannins. This is a very grown-up Pinot Noir for the price.
After four generations in the van Volxem family, Roman Niewodniczanski, great-grandson of the founder of one of Germany’s largest breweries, Bitburger, took over this estate that had fallen on hard times. He has not only restored it to its original glory but he has also expanded the vineyard holdings, including adding parcels in various superb sites.
Very ripe grapes from 30 year old vines grown on steep, slate slopes results in a dry and powerful wine. Aromatic with hints of plum and peach, the palate is searching with lovely fruit and balancing mineral structure.
Van Volxem is a member of the prestigious V D P – Verband Deutscher Prädikatsweingüter – an association of German growers dedicated to the production of top quality wines.
The wines of the 200 or so members of this group are entitled to bear the V D P logo – a stylized eagle bearing a cluster of grapes.
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