Grapelive: Wine of the Day April 22, 2016

2014Gumphof2014 Markus Prackwieser Gumphof, Pinot Bianco, Praesulis, Alto Adige Italy.
The Gump Praesulis Weissburgunder is a stunning Sudtirol/Dolomiti white that shows the best qualities of this varietal and region with classic mountain acidity and mineral notes along with decedent texture and age-ability. The rich detail of Gumphof’s Pinot Blanc highlights the grapes success in the Alto Adige region where the terroir markers make it so much more serious and delectable than what you find elsewhere, and while there are some lovely Pinot Blanc’s made in Alsace they rarely match the likes of Terlan, Manincor and Gumphof. In my memory, there are few Pinot Blanc of this kind of depth and class, I really enjoy Selbach-Oster’s Mosel slatey version and Chalone’s old vine Pinot Blanc(s) are almost legendary, but if you want thrilling Pinot Blanc year after year it is certainly Alto Adige that delivers the goods. The Gumphof 2014 starts with hints of white flowers, steely liquid mineral, wet stones and honeyed peach along with green apple, lemon/lime and leesy notes. The 2014 feels lush and succulent with nice density, but remains poised and balanced, this is a laser sharp example and will rival many a fine Burgundy for class and elegance, and at 13.5% it is ripe/forward enough to enjoy in it’s youth, though evolution should prove rewarding, pushing the drinking window out to a decade easily. I am really impressed by this Gump Praesulis Pinot Bianco, this is pretty stuff, great with cuisine, especially cheeses and seafood, best from 2016 to 2021.
($32 Est.) 93 Points, grapelive