2018 was an ideal year for Pinot Noir. Sandra Baumann decided to stock up on Pinots in oak barrels.
In Wil in the Rafzerfeld, Zurich's former granary, 2018 was a warm and dry year. For Sandra Baumann, the weather conditions caused her to have to irrigate her young vines specially, which had been newly planted on 20 ares. For winegrowers, the year was a preview of the consequences of climate change. For the harvest, this meant bringing in the grapes very early so that they were not yet too warm. The Pinot Noir developed optimally and strongly under these conditions. Sandra Baumann had enough grapes that she filled up her wine stock with Pinot Noir Barrique. The wine went into the oak barrel.
It is exciting to see how the barrique matures in the bottle and how it gets better year after year. The high quality allows Sandra Baumann to sell this wine to enthusiasts even in a few years. It exudes a subtle barrique aroma and is full-bodied, intense with a long finish. At the same time, it has something earthy about it and shows a ripe-fruity side. As exciting as the Pinot developed in the barrique, the Blanc de Noir was just as difficult in 2018. The sun and dryness made the wine very heavy, so that some people had enough after just one glass. But for others, a new favourite was concealed in the unusual Blanc de Noir.