Recently I’ve been tasting quite a lot of Swiss Pinot Noir (+ a few very nice wines made from inferior varietals - just kidding ) from Grisons resp. Signuradi (Bündner Herrschaft). So far I had a few juvenile entry-level Pinots, some a bit more mature ones from the middle-class and have been doing a bit of travelling to a couple of estates including Cicero, Hermann, Gantenbein, Studach, Pelizzatti, Eichholz and Donatsch.
I was really surprised about the high quality level in this tiny viticulture (approx. 420 ha) area along the young Rhine river. Unfortunately it is pretty hard to get a bottle outside Switzerland (and even there it can be a bit tough) – but those Pinots are worth trying anyway! So if you ever got the chance
If your interested in the Pinots of the eastern part of Switzerland feel free to check out the tasting note reports on my blog. I didn’t want to include them right here 'cause there faaar too long. By the way - sorry for that and of course sorry for my miserable English!
Grisons estate visit part 1: Weinbau Cicero (Mattmann) and Weingut Donatsch
Grisons estate visit part 2: Weinbau Hermann and the estate of the Gantenbeins
Grisons estate visit part 3: Weingut Eichholz (Irene Grünenfelder), Weinbau Annatina Pelizzatti and the estate of Thomas Studach
Tasting of some mature middle-ager Pinots:
Tasting of the adolescent entry-level Pinots:
Yes, I haven’t seen any in my area of the USA, and would be surprised to find any on the Internet! But I’d certainly be curious to try one…
FWIW, we had a beautiful one two years ago:
Pinot Noir de Cully 2008
This is grown near Lausanne, on the lake, so not in the same part of Switzerland. Very lovely and carefully made wine, really a delight to drink. We got it as a gift from a German friend who knows the vintner–I don’t know if it’s available in the States, but I doubt it.
I am staring at some Gantenbein right now. I bought it a ways back after hearing that Swiss pinot were great. One of the Somms was pretty high on Gantenbein at La Paulee this year. If I don’t pop it soon, I’ll bring it to the Paulee this year and can, hopefully, share with some of the people here.
Those Gantenbein Pinots can be really impressive - unfortunately a bit pricey, too.
I think taking it to the Paulee is a good idea! Could be a nice surprise for other people as well. Pinots younger than 2007 got some slight oak influences left. Esp. the 2008 (the others not so much). Their wines always need a bit of “settling”-time (now 60 to 70% new oak ageing, used to be 100%)
I’ve never seen them in SoCal, not much makes it out of the neighborhood in Switzerland.
IMHO, the PN would really be a hit with AFWE here on the board.
We have a couple of bottles that are scheduled for the next few weeks. I hate posting TNs, but may break down this time. It is excellent Pinot.
It’s a pity those wines are so hard to find outside of Switzerland…