Markus Molitor is one of Germany's greatest wine producers. Markus Molitor took over the winery in 1984, at only 20 years of age. He represents the eighth generation of his centuries-old Mosel winemaking family. The estate is centered in the historic town of Bernkastel, with 37 hectares of spectacular vineyards spread across 15 classic sites from Bernkastel and Graach to Wehlen and Zeltingen. This is viticulture at its most extreme, with very old ungrafted vines (many 100 years old or more) planted on slopes as steep as 80% inclination. Needless to say all farming is by hand - it could not possibly be any other way. Interestingly, although the vast majority of vines are Riesling, there are also a small plantings (about 4 hectares) of Pinot Noir and Pinot Blanc - actually an ancient tradition in the Mosel, banned in 1930 but recently revived. The precious slate soil of the astonishingly steep West facing vineyards produces wines of great structure and depth, full of minerality, aromatic complexity, and fruity acidity.
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92+ POINTS, STEPHAN REINHDART, WINE ADVOCATE The 2012 Pinot Noir Brauneberger Mandlegraben* displays an intense and very elegant dark cherry and berry fruit along with coffee aromas. Silky textured and fully ripe, yet fresh and mineral on the palate, this is a powerful and complex Pinot Noir with great purity and a very long, persistent finish. This is a bloody young wine that should be cellared for another 5-15 years. It has great aging potential.