Ripe red fruit core, deft use of oak, crisp balanced acidity, suave tannins and impressive flavor intensity. Medium body.
"With tart cherry aromas on the nose, this is a pure, fresh and elegant Pinot with intense and ripe fruit and a spectacular, long finish. This is a warm, rich and persistent red wine, from the earliest harvest the Fürsts can remember." WA
Beef, veal, game, roasted poultry.
Yields are low with an average of 45 hl/ha. Grapes come from estate vineyards, from plots of young vines (20+ years old) in the Grosse Lage and Erste Lage vineyards, and from very old vines at the foot of the slopes.
13 months in used, small wooden barrels.
vinified in open-top fermenters with a gentle cool-down after harvest to 10-13°C and a spontaneous ferment starting a few days later. At the early stages of the ferment there are just gentle pumpovers that are replaced by punchdowns in the latter stages of the ferment. After 17-21 days on skins the wines are pressed in a basket press and put into 228l barrels. While this goes for all the Fürst Pinot Noirs, this is the only wine that has no new wood at all and just stays in barrel for one year before being bottled unfiltered.
a blend of two thirds German Pinot-genetics and one third French Pinot genetics.