WINE ADVOCATE 90+ POINTS Tasted from lot L1017, Ziereisen's Pinot Noir 2015 Schulen opens with a pure, clear, fresh and fairly toasty yet intense and serious bouquet of dark berries and fresh oak (although only 10% of new oak was used during the 21 months of élevage, according to the back label). On the palate, this is a full-bodied and intense yet silky-textured and elegant Pinot with refreshing acidity and remarkable transparency. The finish is long and concentrated and wonderfully dry and refreshing in the aftertaste. The wine keeps its firm and persistent structure and is full of aging potential.
WINE SPECTATOR 90 POINTS Vivid, with aromas of cherry blossom leading off, followed by tangy raspberry flavors and notes of earth and mineral. Features lingering spice details on the long, well-balanced finish. Harmonious. Best from 2021 through 2028. 75 cases imported. — AZ
JANCIS ROBINSON - 17 POINTS
An intriguing nose combines the scent of rosehips with the spirity fragrance of marinated cherries and plums, lifted by just a hint of chocolate and spice. The palate exhibits a delightful freshness, which it owes to the piquant flavour of only just-ripe blackcurrants and juicy acidity, as well as wise restraint in the use of oak aging. A mere smidgeon of dusty minerality adds further interest. The 2015 is a little more generous than the 2014, but both show plenty of structure and tension. (MS)
There are very interesting and lively aromas of plums, rich peaches, and cherry compote. The rich aroma profile then progresses into rich flavors as well of ripe cherries, candied plums, and hints of raspberries. The "weight" of the aromas and flavors are then elegantly complemented by a perfectly balanced medium mouthfeel. Sweet tannins then further complement the flavors and create a very memorable finish. What is also remarkable and interesting about this wine is that it is aged 21 months in new oak barrels. I am not a fan of using much new oak at all and to not have tasted the usual intrusion of new oak into the natural flavors of the wine shows Hanspeter Ziereisen's creativity and artistry at work as well as his astute choice of only using local coopers for all of his barrels.
The richness of the wine also results in some additional food pairings. A full list would include Filet Mignon, NY Steak, Roast Beef, short ribs, veal chops, lamb, duck, venison, grilled sausages, grilled salmon and tuna, grilled chicken, Mexican food, Asian Beef and Pork dishes, mild Indian curries, grilled vegetables, and rich and hard cheeses.