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Pinot Noir - Hubel 2014


From 50-year-old vines on Jurassic chalk in Maisprach (AOC Basel-Landschaft), the 2014 Pinot Noir Hubel opens with an intense, concentrated and characterfully spicy bouquet with ripe but fresh fruit aromas of red berries, cherries and smoky/chalky flavors. Very clear, fresh and firm, but with a silky textured and finessed elegance on the palate, this is a straight and persistent Pinot Noir. It was fermented with natural yeasts for two weeks and aged in two Burgundian pièces of 228 liter size. This wine is very rare and almost always sold out. It is certainly not imported into the US. 2018-2022

Matthias and Sina Gubler own the Möhr-Niggli wine estate in Maienfeld (Grisons) where they also produce Pinot Noir (Pilgrim), which I unfortunately did not taste when I met them for one hour together with Edeltraud and Hanspeter Ziereisen and Thomas Jost, close to the Basel airport where I had to wait for my next flight. But Matthias, original from Basel and with 12 years of winemaking experience in California, has also holdings in the Basel-Landschaft AOC where he produces two remarkably good wines—probably two of the best made in Basel. They are pure, fresh and elegant, with firm tannins and an excellent ageing potential. Real characters that sell for 40-50 CHF in Switzerland.


Pinot Noir - Hubel 2013


Gubler's 2013 Pinot Noir Hubel displays an intense but fine, fresh and spicy Pinot bouquet; it has a very finessed, fresh and elegant, light-footed palate of silky finesse and elegance. The wine has good concentration and is densely woven, but very fine thanks to the delicate but grippy tannins. The finish is well defined and compact, fresh, piquant and long. An excellent, even subtle Pinot Noir from the Basel-Landschaft AOC. 2017-2025


Pinot Noir - Hubel 2012


Open, clear and aromatic on the nose starts the 2012 Pinot Noir Hubel, which indicates a nice freshness and good concentration of red berries. Rich and silky on the palate, with fine tannins and a fresh acidity, this is a very elegant style of Pinot with power, depth and length. Still young, but with potential to age for another eight to ten years. 2017-2020


Pinot Noir - Clos Martha 2014


The 2014 Pinot Noir Clos Martha is clear, fresh, concentrated and spicy on the nose where the oak is still prominent but also with pithy fruit flavors. The wine is dense, intense and powerful, tightly woven, still mealy in its tannins but very promising. Keep it at least for another three up to five years. "The grapes in the steep Clos Martha are picked up to two weeks later than those for the Hubel, which comes from the same slope," explains Matthias Gubler. "The situation in the steep vineyard is much more stressful for the vines and differences between the vintages come out much more prominently." Matthias adds 2014 to the more spicier and earthier vintages. 2019-2022


Pinot Noir - Clos Martha 2013


Still young but full of potential for another decade is the 2013 Pinot Noir Clos Martha, a dense, supple, sweet and velvety textured red with cassis flavors. The wine is very fine, clear and pure on the palate, very elegant and finessed. But it is also refreshing, provided with grip and great tension. The finish is very long. 2019-2028


Pinot Noir - Clos Martha 2012


The 2012 Pinot Noir Clos Martha has an open and aromatic bouquet with Beetroot flavors. Pure and silky-elegant on the palate, this is a leaner style of Pinot compared to the 2013. There is a good berry fruit on the palate, as well as a good tannin structure. 2017-2022

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