91pts James Suckling
This is a perfect introduction to German pinot noir, because it has so much black-cherry fruit, but also excellent balance of medium body, rather fine tannins and fresh acidity. A joyful wine with some nice mineral character at the finish. Drink or hold.
90pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
August Kesseler's 2018 Rheingau Pinot Noir The Daily August is concentrated and floral in its aromatic and terroir-driven profile that reflects the slate terroir of Assmannshausen as well as that of Lorch and Rüdesheim. Cherry and dark berry aromas along with crushed slate notes dominate the nose that is remarkably elegant and German in its combination of red cherries, rose petals, red cassis and oaky/toasty tones. Based on vines averaging 30 years of age, this is a charmingly round, refined and elegant Pinot with a silky texture, crystalline freshness and lingering finesse, grip and mineral tension. This would be a gorgeous everyday wine, indeed if only there were that many bottles. I love that astringency and fleshy grip on the finish! A fabulous Daily August. 14% alcohol. Tasted from AP 13 20 in January 2021.