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2006 Friedrich Becker Estate Pinot Noir Pfalz
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96 Points | International Wine Cellar , January/February 2009

Brilliant ruby. Smoky aromas of raspberry, chocolate and Canadian bacon. Elegant and admirably balanced, with layers of concentrated wild berry fruit complicated by subtle herbs and spices. The silky tannins and filigree cinnamon spice are reminiscent of Richebourg. With its depth, finesse and exquisite length, this is again the finest German red wine of the vintage!

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Pinot Noir

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