August Kesseler Pinot Noir N
Delicate, fine and elegant. Shows nice cherry flavors, a hint of black currant and a lot of spices. Very well balanced on the palate with remarkable length and a great finish. Goes well with salmon, poultry and cheeses.
$34.00 / Bottle $408.00 / Case
The young August Kesseler is a quiet and dedicated man whose quest for excellence has been recognized by his peers. He was elected winemaker of the year in all of Germany in both 2001 and 2002. Quite an honor! August believes that "quality is the best marketing strategy" but he is quick to add with a wink in his eye that "having a rich auntie and a good bank also helps."
His vineyards are located in Assmannshausen, in the northernmost part of the Rheingau. This area bears a striking resemblance to the valleys of the Mosel - which is possibly why he chose to bottle this wine in green glass instead of the traditional brown of Rheingau.
He has about 50 acres of vineyards, modest by most standards, but he employs 12 workers to care for his vines! Excessive by most standards! One look at the photo will give you an idea of the intense labor involved.
Assmannshausen is the perfect site for Pinot Noir. Here, Pinot Noir cultivation has an almost 1000-year old tradition. The grapes making this wine stem from rows of which some are 70 years old. Each grapevine is cultivated and harvested by hand. After gentle de-stemming, the wine is fermented on the must for up to 14 days. The wine is then put into barriques for 12-14 months.