2015 Salwey Pinot Gris Eichberg GG, Baden, Germany (750ml)
Konrad Salwey produces Pinot Gris (Grauburgunder), Pinot Blanc and Pinot Noir in Baden, in SW Germany. This selection is from the Eichberg vineyard, and the "GG" stands for Grosses Gewachs, a term used to identify some of Germany's finest vineyard-specific dry white wines.
The wines of Baden are not widely known outside Europe, but after a focused visit to the area a couple years ago we believe that may be poised to change. Its climate has more in common with Burgundy than Germany's river valleys where Riesling shines, and much of the region's wine production is sold in Switzerland just to the south. The Salwey estate from Oberrotweil in the Kaiserstuhl area of Baden is truly a family operation, but also quite different. Beginning its third generation led by Konrad Salwey, the estate is committed to the classic Kaiserstuhl varietals; Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir. Konrad is known for experimentation, to take chances with new techniques and procedures in the interest of advancing the style of vinification. His particularly strong affection and passion is reserved for Pinot Gris, truly the flagship of the estate.