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StyleAromatic & Zesty
Founded in 1756 the J L Wolf Estate was a very successful and highly regarded winery for more than two centuries. It entered an especially glamorous era with the construction of its Italianate estate house and villa in 1843. In the latter years of the 20th century however, the estate languished lacking a firm hand to guide its wine production. In 1996, Ernst Loosen took over the vineyards, launching a dramatic turnaround in the estate's quality and reputation. Ernst's goal at J L Wolf is to make powerful, traditionally crafted Pfalz wiens to complement his lighter Dr. Loosen wines from the Mosel. Made in the classic style of the Pfalz, J.L. Wolf Rieslings are drier and more full-bodied than Mosel Rieslings, with higher alcohol and ripe flavours of fruit and stone. In addition to Riesling, the Pfalz region has a long tradition with other grape varieties allowind Ernst to expand his winemaking palette to include Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Gewurztraminer and Silvaner. The Pfalz lies between the Haardt Mountains and the Rhine River, directly north of France's Alsace region. As in Alsace the mountains protect the area from cold, wet, Atlantic weather, making it one of the warmer and drier areas of Germany. This climate makes it possible to achieve full ripeness in every vintage - the key to making wines with rich concentration, fine balance and deep character.