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The rosé, a blend of 90% Pinot Noir and 10% Portugieser, flaunts a similar zip, with crushed, crunchy red fruits, crispy cranberry to rhubarb to watermelon rind, framed by the same saline, ocean breeze that informs the blanc. And as with the blanc, the rosé also seems to barely hold its liquid form, with so much lift and acidity that it feels like it may just evaporate into a fresh mineral mist.
Young Brothers Daniel and Jonas Brand (both in their twenties) recently took over their family’s century-old estate, and are quickly breathing new life into this former workhorse of the Northern Pfalz. The kids are smart, eager, dialed in to the growing natural wine scene both in Germany and in neighboring France. They’re just starting to make waves, converting all their viticulture to organic (certified from the 2015 vintage) and are experimenting like crazy in the cellar. They have a Pet Nat that’s so popular it sells out before they’ve even made it, and they make the best organic, entry-level liters of dry Riesling and Weißburgunder you’ll ever find. The Nordpfalz borders the Rheinessen (their village is closer to Keller’s than to anybody famous in the Pfalz), and that airy but firm sensibility informs these bright and mineral-laden wines.
The family owned winery Brand in the Palatinate has been producing wines with an individual personality for five generations since 1891. In 2014 sons Daniel & Jonas took over the winery from their father Jürgen. They consistently focus on an ecological cultivation of the vineyards, “Working in nature and with nature” – this is their conviction.
The logo represents two things: you can find the hand taking an oath on the keystone of St. Martin’s Church in our village of Bockenheim and therefore it represents our emotional relationship to our region. On the other hand, the hand is a symbol for quality in the bottle and our close connection to nature.
They entirely refuse to use mineral fertilizers or pesticides. Instead they use the power of nature: plant-based remedies such as herbal extracts or teas strengthen their vines. More biodiversity helps to keep the vineyards vital and the soils healthy. Therefore they plant clover and wild herbs on their cultivated areas to attract more bees and other beneficial insects.
Together with the ideal climatic conditions, healthy and juicy grapes can grow in a natural balance and good wine can be produced in truly organic quality.
Denny & Katie
Your friendly neighborhood wine shop and tiny bar, focused on small production wines and conservas. Connect with us on Instagram for suggestions on your next bottle and to follow along in our downtown Lafayette wine journey.
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