Albert Mann “Clos de La Faille” Pinot Noir 2015

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The plethora of high quality Pinot Noir available today is astonishing. Regions such as New Zealand have dialed in their understanding of site and method just as the traditional regions have continued to up their game. This means it is nearly impossible to consistently taste through all the high quality examples, and new discoveries abound.

What I did not expect was to find Alsatian Pinot Noir of such quality as this beautiful wine from Albert Mann. Sure the region makes a number of good but not great examples, but I have come to expect typicity but not excitement.

Albert Mann’s single vineyard from the Hengst Grand Cru is unquestionably great wine and the best Pinot Noir I have tasted from Alsace. It has a character quite distinct from what you may expect – gamey, savory, complex, rich and long. It has a broad mid-palate and is deeply drinkable and delicious without relying on bright fruit to achieve that outcome. Expect an experience unlike the grape’s expression in Burgundy, Oregon, or New Zealand.

The 1ha clos in which this wine is made consists of a mix of sandstones topped by alluvial sand. Being on the slope, it has good exposure for ripening and the soil types offer good drainage – making this an ideal site for Pinot Noir.

I highly recommend seeking out this wine or another of the domaine’s Pinot Noirs to experience the best of what Alsace can do with the grape.

$80 + tax at Marquis Wine Cellars


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