Stein 2016 'Red Light' Pinot Noir, Mosel

Stein 2016 'Red Light' Pinot Noir, Mosel

Item Number: 11708

UPC: None

Country: Germany
Region: Mosel
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vintage: 2016
Grape(s): 100% Pinot Noir
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 12
Viticulture: Practicing Organic

Pinot Noir in the Mosel? For years, growing red grapes in the Mosel was illegal. Ulli single-handedly overturned the ruling several years ago. While Riesling is still the region’s prominent grape variety—almost exclusively—Ulli wanted to prove a point. Spätburgunder is Germany’s most common red grape (and a logical choice, given that the Mosel’s cool climate is similar in ways to Burgundy), but planting Sangiovese and Cabernet is outrageous given the Mosel’s cool temperatures and the amount of heat and sunshine that the two latter grapes need to ripen. But when it comes to Ulli, it’s not surprising that he plants all three. When asked why he chose these grapes, Ulli exclaimed, “As a joke! There is so much that is serious in the world already. I wanted to prove a point.”

Winemaking Notes: After a few days of cold maceration, the wine undergoes a week of fermentation, does malo in old barriques and is then racked to fuder before spring bottling.

Tasting Notes: The 2016 Stein Red Light Pinot Noir is a vibrant wine showing bright cherry notes.

88pts (2017 Vintage) Vinous 1/23/2020
"Stein’s alcoholically lightweight Pinot Noir (weighing in at 11.7%) is full of sour cherries and their pits, a firm midpalate leading to a satisfyingly juicy and mouthwateringly salt-tinged finish that is touched by very slightly dulling and smoky inflections from cask."


  • Vinous
    Rating: 87 (1/23/2020)

    Once a dusty hint of reduction clears, the nose signals both fresh and lightly cooked cherry. These are joined on both nose and palate by caramelized wood resin from the used barriques in which this unusually buoyant 11.5% alcohol Pinot Noir spent a few months. Strong pit piquancy supplies stimulating cut, but juiciness vies with a faint drying spot on the finish that I also ascribe to wood influence.