Wine of the Day February 21, 2014

2013MeyerNakelRose2013 Weingut Meyer-Nakel, Rose, Spatburgunder, Ahr Germany.
I’m a long time and huge fan of Werner Nakel’s wines, Meyer-Nakel is one of my absolute favorite producers and his Pinot Noirs are some of the greatest wines I’ve ever had, so it was fun to try his Rose, which I’ve never seen or had before. Meyer-Nakel hail from the Ahr River region of Germany, famous for Pinot or Spatburgunder and he makes about 6 different Cuvees with two Grand Cru or Grosses Gewachs that are as prized as any top Burgundy, these are seriously desirable wines. His pretty and pale Rose is from all Pinot Noir and is wonderfully delicious with freshness and vibrancy, but also complex and intriguing with mineral spice and Pinot character. The nose is flinty and hints of floral essences along with dried currants leading to a palate of strawberry, watermelon, red peach, tangy citrus and chalky stones. Bright and vivid throughout there is a long finish of cherry and unripe plum with a steely crisp texture. This is fun and delightful Rose, unique and focused, enjoy over the next 12 months, perfect for the long warm days of summer to come, I can’t wait until it arrives. Tasted from a pre-release sample bottle, but in fully finished form, look for this wine to be even better with the extra few months of age in bottle.
($28 Est.) 92 Points, grapelive (Coming May 2014)