Smoky oak frames red and black cherry and offers hints of intense fruitiness, almost of Kirsch. There's an undertow of wet earth and leaves, of finely ground white pepper, presented with pliable, velvety softness. Yet there is freshness and precision and the well-fused harmoniousness of all these elements that makes Pinot such a compelling, haunting proposition.
Reviews wines from Austria, Alsace and England
German-born but London-based, Anne Krebiehl MW is a freelance wine writer contributing to international wine publications. She also lectures, consults and translates and has helped to make wine in New Zealand, Germany and Italy. She adores acidity in wine and is thus perfectly suited to her Austria/Alsace/England beat. Her particular weaknesses are Pinot Noir, Riesling and traditional-method sparkling wines.