The vineyard, also the source of a Brewer-Clifton bottling, is a top one, and here has produced a luscious wine in this long hangtime vintage. Pinot doesn’t get much riper in cherry marmalade, black raspberry and blueberry jam, cola and pomegranate than this and there’s a rich, blackstrap molasses undercurrent. For all that, the wine finishes briny-spicy. Has the…
From an estate in the appellation’s tenderloin, an intensely minerally, high-acid wine with bright citrus flavors and lots of sweet, flashy oak that adds a vanilla-cream richness. This is unusually food-friendly and versatile for a Chardonnay.
This selection of Huber Spätburgunders was a pleasant surprise, although the prices are enough to make one groan. The Sommerhalde R reveals gently roasted aromas of brown sugar, dried spices and beet root, followed by flavors that lean toward black cherries. It’s got that silky, Pinot Noirtexture on the midpalate, then finishes crisp and long.
Huber’s three R (for Reserve) bottlings are all borderline excellent in 2007, but this one gets the nod for its harmonious complexity of herb, cherry, mushroom and coffee notes, and its supple tannins, in fine balance with its medium body and moderate acidity. Drink now–2020.
This delicate cool-climate Pinot Noir is fresh and dainty, with a red cherry flavor and plumes of rose petal and green flower perfume. Sour plum acidity and fine-grained but penetrating tannins add brace and backbone.
Very crisp in zesty acidity, bone dry, and with exotic flavors. This stony, minerally Chardonnay impresses for its firm structure. Flavorwise, it’s explosive in lemons, limes, crunchy pears, Asian spices and buttery vanilla, even though it’s unoaked. Showcases its terroir in a fine way.
This is everything Huber’s previously released unoaked ’05 Chard is, but barrel fermentation and partial malo have made it far softer and richer. Strangely, it’s not as rewarding, though, as the brilliant purity of fruit and acid have been modified. It’s a very good wine, but lacks that je ne sais quoi that makes it stand out from the crowd.
The high-quality oak used in this wine really stands out, providing touches of brown sugar, cinnamon, coffee and bacon to the otherwise modest black cherry fruit. It’s reasonably full-bodied for a German Pinot Noir, with a long finish and supple tannins.