95 Points, James SucklingIn 1998, Fritz Waßmer took a lifetime of family learning and, with a passion for the vines that was second nature, started his own winery in Bad Krozingen, Baden. Proudly self-taught in the intricacies of winemaking but with generations of viticultural knowledge in his bones, Fritz built on an affinity he felt for Pinot Noir and never looked back.His love for this iconic grape, one of the star varietals of Baden, goes back a long way when Fritz started to develop an admiration for the legendary Burgundy approach to Pinot Noir production. While this is the guiding star grape at Fritz Waßmer, other classic French cultivars like Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot also have a special place in the winery vineyards. Rarities in leading German wine regions, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, and even Auxerrois have been added in recent years.Whether a flagship Pinot Noir or another timeless grape, Fritz’s near-obsession is to enable each unique terroir to shine through in every sip.Full, ripe aromas of apple and peach, plus notes of vanilla burnt caramel – like a crème brûlée without sugar – and fine, flint-stone matches. The palate is opulent, but also fresh – and full to the brim with ripe fruit, salty mineral notes, spiciness and sweet herbs. A long, lively finale is dominated by other sweet herbs, followed by salt. A complex white burgundy that offers excellent drinking fun.Bottle750ml, Screw CapVarietal Pinot BlancAlcohol 12.5%RegionBaden, Germany
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