Still closed, though there’s plenty of smoke and fresh parsley on the nose. This sleek beauty has wonderful elegance on the palate and a long, racy finish with a ton of herbs and wild berries. Try in 2019. Screw cap. 95 Points, Stuart Piggott, jamessuckling.com (09/2018)
To the south end of the Rothenberg Vineyard is the well-known Pettenthal grand cru site. The soil of this famous vineyard is made up of red shale. The sandy texture gives the wine a lighter structure with vibrant elegance. The Pettenthal Grosses Gewachs 2017 has youthful exotic fruit aromas which last while the wine ages. The steepest parcels of Gunderloch’s estate are located in this vineyard. Vintage 2017 saw a cold early spring followed by a hot, dry summer. Late summer was more moderate, leading into a mild harvesting period with cold nights. Alcohol 12.5%; RS 3.5g/L; TA 7.5g/L.