2018 Weingut Gantenbein Pinot Noir Graubunden Switzerland
Founded in 1982, Gantenbein is widely considered to be one of the finest wine estates in Switzerland. It is located in the Graubünden (Grisons) district of the upper Rhine valley in eastern Switzerland, one of the most breathtakingly beautiful places on Earth. Not far from here, high up in the Alps, the Rhine begins its long journey to the Atlantic. At the foot of the Alps, in the small village of Fläsch, is the gravity-flow winery of Daniel and Martha Gantenbein; a marvel of design simplicity, ingenuity and mechanical precision. Daniel and Martha do all of the vineyard and cellar work themselves, by hand. They farm six hectares (15 acres) of vineyards on the scree slopes of the northern Alps. Most of the vineyards (about 12.5 acres) are planted densely with Pinot Noir clones from Burgundy. The rest is planted with Chardonnay, as well as a tiny parcel of Riesling, planted with vines sourced from the Mosel.
2018 GANTENBEIN PINOT NOIR
Gantenbein Pinot Noir is carefully harvested by hand and fermented in custom-built, open-top wood fermenters. Maturation is done in new barriques, and the wines are bottled without filtration or fining. The 2018 growing season was warm and dry, but with plenty of water for the vines. We had ideal conditions in fall and a trouble-free harvest. The fruit was beautifully ripe, producing a concentrated wine with a creamy texture and brilliant acidity. We believe this vintage will have a very long life.
One reviewer writes: “Gantenbein makes small batch handcrafted smoky Pinot Noir of incredible quality. Only around 180 bottles make it into the U.S. Consider yourself an insider to even hear about this wine and ‘lottery winning lucky’ to get your hands on a bottle.”
Another writes: “hard to buy...but highly recommended if you want to taste Switzerland’s Romanée Conti.”