93 Points | International Wine Cellar , January/February 2010
($129) Full red-ruby. Spicy aromas of raspberry, clove and vanilla. Rich blackberry fruit caresses the palate, which remains elegant in spite of the wine's considerable depth. With its distinctive personality, ripe tannins and impressive length, this is a show-stopper.
German vintners and Germany's wine law have often been their own worst enemies, and consumers understandably bemoan the unintelligibility of the labels as well as the mediocre quality of so many commercial-grade wines. It is a shame if this situation acts as a barrier to appreciating some of the world's most distinctive and versatile wines.
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Adored by critics, prized by collectors, Pinot Noir is one of most tantalizing yet temperamental varietals in the world. For many wine enthusiasts, this is part of the appeal of Pinot -- it doesn't reveal its charms easily. Pinot Noir's virtue also stems from the unique characteristics of the grape. The skins are especially delicate, which accounts for the lighter color and body of finished wine. But, despite the delicacy, the best wines have excellent backbone and...
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