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We Drink German Pinot Noir


This is the time of year when I shift part of my energies to planning our annual International Gold Cup tailgate party.  For pictures from last year’s party please look here.  This year is the 75th running so we are putting in extra effort and for the next two weeks my posts might be shorter.

We recently drank this German Spatburgunder (Pinot Noir) from Friedrich Becker.  The estate initially focused on white wines but over the decades has come to focus in on red wines.  The vineyards are currently planted with 60% Pinot Noir.  I enjoyed this entry-level estate Pinot Noir for its red fruit and minerality.  There is enough acidity in this wine that I would recommend drinking it with food.  This wine is available at MacArthur Beverages.

2009 Friedrich Becker Estate, Pinot Noir, Pfalz – $17
Imported by Rudi Wiest Wines.  This wine is 100% Pinot Noir sourced from vines on soils of loess, marl, chalk, and clay.  RS 1.8 g/L, Alcohol 13.0%.  The color is a light garnet with a cherry core.  The light nose is of evocative of Pinot Noir with an orange citrus note.  In the mouth the flavors start with tangy red fruit and lots of acidity before taking on hard black-red fruit with minerals.  There is a fine texture as tannins are left on the tongue, along with salivating acidity in the aftertaste.  There is a bit of a throat burn from the acidity.  ** Now-2016.

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