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.
Toasty and dark-fruited, Huber’s 2007 Bombacher Sommerhalde R falls somewhere between the Wildenstein and Malterdinger Bienenberg in style. It’s less herbal and more powerful than the former, but not as muscular as the latter. The tannins are still silky, yet there’s great intensity, ending on a long, slightly charred note. Drink 2012–2020.