Boxler Pinot Noir (750ml)
Boxler is a small family domaine that farms and crafts their wines according to traditional techniques that have been passed down through the generations. The family has the good fortune of owning vineyards in some of the most prestigious sites in Alsace. According to the American wine importer Kermit Lynch, “Tasting through the entire range of Boxler’s wines is ample proof of the fact that Alsace, along with Burgundy, is the source of the world’s most complex, exciting white wines, and will probably always be.” Boxler’s farming practices are organic.
According to Jean Boxler, the Pinot Noir S is sourced from a rather cool plot that delivers small grapes with small berries. Picked in the middle of the harvest, the 2015 was fermented with 50% whole clusters. The maceration—with no punch-downs, just very short pump-overs—took 14 days. After pressing, the juice started to ferment again in stainless steel where it was kept for two or three months before the young wine was racked into barrels and was aged for one year. The wine has never been pumped, not even for bottling. No fining, no filtration and just a low dose of SO2 for the bottling.
Sourced from granitic soils in the Sommerberg, the 2015 Pinot Noir S opens with a deep, ripe, intense, pure, fresh and complex nose with granitic, herbal and red-fruit flavors. Highly finessed and elegant on the palate, with a silky texture and juicy fruit, this is a generous, full-bodied, intense, quite powerful and very persistent Pinot with a perfect mix of ripe fruit, silky tannins, freshness and tension-filled structure. The finish is long, ripe, round, fine and aromatic, with good vitality, mineral grip and purity. This red Sommerberg is one of the finest Alsace Pinot Noirs I have tasted from the 2015 vintage. – Stephan Reinhardt