95 Points | International Wine Cellar , January/February 2012
Brilliant ruby. Seductive aromas of raspberry, chocolate and wild thyme. Elegantly concentrated and harmoniously balanced, with layers of wild berry fruit and spicy complexity. With its sleek tannins, fine depth, hint of cinnamon spice and exquisite length, this is the finest pinot noir of the vintage in Germany.
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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