Enderle & Moll - Pinot Noir (2019)

Enderle & Moll - Pinot Noir (2019)

STAFF PICK

Compared to the broad, textural and gripping 2018ers, the 2019 Enderle & Molls are a return to a more classic, finessed Pinot Noir. It’s fascinating, both 2018 and 2019 are warm vintages, yet the 2019ers here are very finessed. These taste like cool-vintage wines. In short: I LOVE THEM. They are the lightest, most transparent Pinots I’ve ever had from Enderle & Moll – something akin to the 2017ers yet without the chewy, compact core. The 2019ers have the transparency and energy of white wines; they feel refreshing.

This estate is really just two guys, a tiny cellar, a few hectares of old vines and a hell of a lot of buzz – even Jancis Robinson has called them “cult.” Farming some of the oldest vines in Baden, Sven Enderle and Florian Moll craft complex, earthy and superbly detailed Pinot Noirs that will completely redefine how you view German reds, to say nothing of their stunningly textural yet buoyant and defined skin-contact white wines.

They are one of the first German red wine producers to emphasize lightness, transparency, finesse. They are the benchmark producer for natural, Burgundy-esque German Pinot Noir, period, end. The white wines, though a small part of their production, are revelations in skin-contact whites; transparent and energetic. Farming is organic/biodynamic, no additives, no filters, minimal sulfur. Sven Enderle also sports the greatest facial hair since Jo Landron.

The basis has tart, nearly sour red fruit, bright yet also edged by soil-inflected spices. If on day one the wine can be a bit tomato-y, on day two the palate broadens and presents more fresh, red fruit emerges. I think this is an amazing wine, a time-traveler from a cooler, more finessed world. Crush-able.

Pizza, Tomato-based Pasta Dishes, Meat and Cheese board

About the Winemaker

This estate is really just two guys, a tiny cellar, a few hectares of old vines and a hell of a lot of buzz – even Jancis Robinson has called them “cult.” Farming some of the oldest vines in Baden, Sven Enderle and Florian Moll craft complex, earthy and superbly detailed Pinot Noirs that will completely redefine how you view German reds, to say nothing of their stunningly textural yet buoyant and defined skin-contact white wines.

They are one of the first German red wine producers to emphasize lightness, transparency, finesse. They are the benchmark producer for natural, Burgundy-esque German Pinot Noir, period, end. The white wines, though a small part of their production, are revelations in skin-contact whites; transparent and energetic. Farming is organic/biodynamic, no additives, no filters, minimal sulfur. Sven Enderle also sports the greatest facial hair since Jo Landron.

Tasting Notes

The basis has tart, nearly sour red fruit, bright yet also edged by soil-inflected spices. If on day one the wine can be a bit tomato-y, on day two the palate broadens and presents more fresh, red fruit emerges. I think this is an amazing wine, a time-traveler from a cooler, more finessed world. Crush-able.

Pairings 

Pizza, Tomato-based Pasta Dishes, Meat and Cheese board