Pfalz, Germany, $79, plastic cork seal
I offered Naomi a glass of this and got a grunted "no", but when she turned around and saw what it was her response was a very quick "oh it's not red, I'll have a drink then". The Villa Wolf property is owned by Dr Ernest Loosen a big man in the German wine scene and this offering is made from 100% Pinot Noir grapes.
When you're drinking a rose, you want the pink and the Villa Wolf Rose de Pinot Noir 2006 is a lovely bright watermelon pink with a slight orange tinge. There were quite a few wine crystals free floating around the bottom of the bottle. Naomi said she smelt pear on the nose, but for me it was the berry express all the way. I got punnets of delicious ripe strawberry and raspberry aromas and a hint of confectionary. These red berries dominated the palate, though I also tasted red apple. Villa Wolf Rose de Pinot Noir 2006 was pretty sweet, but this was keep firmly under control by excellent acidity and the result was a surprising refreshing and balanced wine with a touch of sugar to round off the palate. A well made, pretty little thing that is sure to please the crowds.
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