94 points Wine Enthusiast
"An exhilarating mineral crush extends from nose to palate, lending freshness to profoundly ripe flavors of black plum and currant. Full-bodied yet spry and lifted, it's a piercing, deeply concentrated Pinot Noir edged by hints of earth, smoke and violet florals. The finish is long and ruffled by fine, furry tannins. Welcoming in youth but structured enough to improve through 2030."
"The Ahr Valley is the northernmost region in which Pinot Noir is cultivated. Vineyards are planted on the steep sided valley walls, some on ledges carved out of the rock. The soils are mostly slate, making this one the few regions in the world where Pinot Noir vines are grown in metamorphic soils.
On the nose, a floral note of violet is followed by red fruits, especially strawberry, red currant and a bit of cherry. There is a notable smokiness, along with a pronounced minerality. On the palate, a crisp acidity with noticeable but ripe, well integrated tannins, along with pronounced notes of strawberry, red currant and a bit of plum. The finish is medium length, with lingering red fruit notes."
Vinous Reverie Notes
Winery: The River Ahr, slate, Pinot Noir… and a family wine estate that has written red-wine history on the northwestern fringe of Germany’s wine-producing region. Today it’s up to us to successfully continue that which has been built up by four generations – including, most importantly, our father Werner Näkel. A daunting prospect, but we couldn’t imagine a better one. All the more so because we are lucky enough to be able to tackle it together as sisters.