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Germany turns red

Pinot Noir on the rise

16 March 2013
Werner Elflein

deutschland-wird-rot.jpgPhoto: Deutsches Weininstitut
Pinot Noir grapes

As recently as 2002, American wine critic Robert M. Parker claimed, “German Pinot Noir is a grotesque and ghastly wine that tastes like a flawed, sweet, faded, watered-down red Burgundy from an incompetent producer.” This statement was already absurd and wrong at the time. Today, more than ten years later, it is even more so. More and more producers can score with their Pinot Noirs in this country.

That German Pinot Noir is getting better and better, we could already state three years ago after our tasting Pinot Noir speaks German. While our focus at that time was essentially on the best and most renowned Pinot Noir producers, our attention was now primarily on some up-and-coming talents and real insider tips.

The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult I vowed revenge. You, who so well know the nature of my soul, will not suppose, however, that I gave utterance to a threat. At length I would be avenged; this was a point definitively settled — but the very definitiveness with which it was resolved precluded the idea of risk.

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I must not only punish but punish with impunity. A wrong is unredressed when retribution overtakes its redresser. It is equally unredressed when the avenger fails to make himself felt as such to him who has done the wrong. It must be understood that neither by word nor deed had I given Fortunato cause to doubt my good will. I continued, as was my wont, to smile in his face, and he did not perceive that my smile now was at the thought of his immolation.

The wines at a glance

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The rating of the wine reflects the mean value from a tasting by our jury.
The wine was evaluated in a blind tasting.
The wine was tasted as a barrel sample or before an official test number (Amtliche Prüfungsnummer or Staatliche Prüfnummer) was issued.
In our tasting, the wine exhibited a qualitative defect or a wine fault. Depending on the type and severity of the defect or wine fault, the wine was downgraded or rejected.

Bickel-Stumpf

Kirchgasse 5 • 97252 Frickenhausen am Main • Germany
Phone: +49 9331 2847 • Fax: +49 9331 7176
Internet: www.bickel-stumpf.de • E‑mail: info@bickel-stumpf.de

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WinereddryPinot Noir

2006 Thüngersheim Johannisberg Spätburgunder Qualitätswein trocken

Großes Gewächs VDP

Germany

Franken • Geschützte Ursprungsbezeichnung (g. U.)

Amtliche Prüfungsnummer 3055 2 08 • 13 % alcohol

15

Tasted on 16 March 2013 by our jury

Mario J. Burkhart

Talmweg 1 • 79364 Malterdingen • Germany
Phone: +49 7644 926853 • Fax: +49 7644 926854
Internet: www.weingut-burkhart.com • E‑mail: mario@weingut-burkhart.com

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WinereddryPinot Noir

2011 Fahrental Blauer Spätburgunder Rarus noir trocken

Germany

Badischer Landwein • Geschützte geografische Angabe (g. g. A.)

13 % alcohol

17.5

Tasted on 25 May 2013 by Werner Elflein

Tasted on 16 March 2013 by our jury

reduction

WinereddryPinot Noir

2009 Fahrental Blauer Spätburgunder Rarus noir trocken

Germany

Badischer Landwein • Geschützte geografische Angabe (g. g. A.)

13 % alcohol

14

Tasted on 16 March 2013 by our jury

Enderle & Moll

Klarastraße 63 • 79106 Freiburg • Germany
Phone: +49 1578 2118967
Internet: www.enderle-moll.de • E‑mail: info@enderle-moll.de

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WinereddryPinot Noir

2011 Pinot Noir Buntsandstein

Germany

Landwein Oberrhein • Geschützte geografische Angabe (g. g. A.)

13.5 % alcohol

18

Tasted on 11 April 2020 by Werner Elflein

18

Tasted on 11 April 2020 by Werner Elflein and Ioulia Elflein under four eyes

15

Tasted on 16 March 2013 by our jury

WinereddryPinot Noir

2011 Pinot Noir Liaison

Germany

Landwein Oberrhein • Geschützte geografische Angabe (g. g. A.)

13.5 % alcohol

15

Tasted on 16 March 2013 by our jury

WinereddryPinot Noir

2011 Pinot Noir Muschelkalk

Germany

Landwein Oberrhein • Geschützte geografische Angabe (g. g. A.)

13.5 % alcohol

18

Tasted on 27 March 2020 by Werner Elflein

Garnet red in colour with a distinct haze due to the unfiltered filling. Delicately woody, ethereal and herbal scent of sour cherry and cranberry. Subtle hints of honey. On the tongue with fine, elegant Pinot fruit, again herbs, and distinctive, sandy and fine-grained tannins. Vital acidity. Very good length.

18

Tasted on 27 March 2020 by Werner Elflein and Ioulia Elflein under four eyes

15

Tasted on 16 March 2013 by our jury

Hammel

Weinstraße Süd 4 • 67281 Kirchheim/Weinstraße • Germany
Phone: +49 6359 86401 • Fax: +49 6359 86431
Internet: www.weinhammel.de • E‑mail: info@weinhammel.de

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WinereddryPinot Noir

2011 Kleinkarlbach Senn Spätburgunder hoch 2 Spätlese trocken

Germany

Pfalz • Geschützte Ursprungsbezeichnung (g. U.)

Amtliche Prüfungsnummer 5125037 53 12 • 13.5 % alcohol

15

Tasted on 16 March 2013 by our jury

C. A. Immich – Batterieberg

Im Alten Tal 2 • 56850 Enkirch • Germany
Phone: +49 6541 815907 • Fax: +49 6541 817926
Internet: www.batterieberg.com • E‑mail: info@batterieberg.com

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WinereddryPinot Noir

2010 Enkirch Monteneubel Spätburgunder Qualitätswein

Germany

Mosel • Geschützte Ursprungsbezeichnung (g. U.)

Amtliche Prüfungsnummer 2581397 8 12 • 11 % alcohol

18

Tasted on 8 December 2018 by Werner Elflein

Five years ago, Gernot Kollmann's Pinot Noir was the subject of fierce discussions in our jury, which were mainly ignited by the low alcohol content of the wine. Some thought the wine was thin and insubstantial, while others thought it was exactly the opposite. In the end, the tasters scored with a wide range around the median of 15 points. I was not able to understand the criticism. Today, time for the re-tasting. In a cherry red glass, somewhat brightening towards the edge, overall with rather moderate transparency and despite unfiltered filling without noticeable turbidity. Pure, intense, almost brilliant cassis scent with finest roast flavours in the background. Highest elegance on the tongue, impressive fruit density, vital acidity. Mainly velvety, but also coarse-grained tannins. Enormously expressive and with a remarkable length and persistence, which comes along without noticeable alcohol. From today's perspective a masterpiece of German Pinot art with potential for several decades.

18

Tasted on 8 December 2018 by Ioulia Elflein

15

Tasted on 16 March 2013 by our jury

Kirchner

Korngasse 14 • 67251 Freinsheim • Germany
Phone: +49 6353 1838 • Fax: +49 6353 4471
Internet: www.weingut-kirchner.de • E‑mail: info@weingut-kirchner.de

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WinereddryPinot Noir

2009 Freinsheim Rosenbühl Spätburgunder Qualitätswein

Germany

Pfalz • Geschützte Ursprungsbezeichnung (g. U.)

Amtliche Prüfungsnummer 5113107 33 11 • 13.5 % alcohol

14.5

Tasted on 16 March 2013 by our jury

Stefan Meyer

Edesheimerstraße 17 • 76835 Rhodt • Germany
Phone: +49 6323 2348 • Fax: +49 6322 81446
Internet: www.meyer-rhodt.de • E‑mail: weingut@meyer-rhodt.de

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WinereddryPinot Noir

2009 Edenkoben Schwarzer Letten Pinot Noir Qualitätswein trocken

Germany

Pfalz • Geschützte Ursprungsbezeichnung (g. U.)

Amtliche Prüfungsnummer 5062180 28 11 • 14.5 % alcohol

15

Tasted on 17 April 2017 by Werner Elflein

15

Tasted on 17 April 2017 by Ioulia Elflein

16

Tasted on 16 March 2013 by our jury

WinereddryPinot Noir

2009 Rhodt Rosengarten Pinot Noir Qualitätswein trocken

Germany

Pfalz • Geschützte Ursprungsbezeichnung (g. U.)

Amtliche Prüfungsnummer 5062180 27 11 • 14.5 % alcohol

16

Tasted on 16 March 2013 by our jury

WinereddryPinot Noir

2007 Rhodt Rosengarten Spätburgunder Qualitätswein trocken

Germany

Pfalz • Geschützte Ursprungsbezeichnung (g. U.)

Amtliche Prüfungsnummer 5062180 19 09 • 14 % alcohol

16

Tasted on 16 March 2013 by our jury

Henrik Möbitz

Bruggweg 17 • 4144 Arlesheim • Switzerland
Phone: +49 761 8814984 • Fax: +49 761 8814985
Internet: www.moebitz.com • E‑mail: info@moebitz.com

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WinereddryPinot Noir

2010 Kanzel Pinot Noir Qualitätswein

Germany

Baden • Geschützte Ursprungsbezeichnung (g. U.)

Amtliche Prüfungsnummer 3536 2 12 • 13.2 % alcohol

15

Tasted on 16 March 2013 by our jury

WinereddryPinot Noir

2010 Koepfle Pinot Noir Qualitätswein

Germany

Baden • Geschützte Ursprungsbezeichnung (g. U.)

Amtliche Prüfungsnummer 3536 1 12 • 13.5 % alcohol

15.5

Tasted on 16 March 2013 by our jury

WinereddryPinot Noir

2009 Ehrenstetten Ölberg Pinot Noir Qualitätswein

Germany

Baden • Geschützte Ursprungsbezeichnung (g. U.)

Amtliche Prüfungsnummer 3536 1 11 • 13 % alcohol

16

Tasted on 16 March 2013 by our jury

WinereddryPinot Noir

2007 Bollschweil Steinberg Pinot Noir Qualitätswein

Germany

Baden • Geschützte Ursprungsbezeichnung (g. U.)

Amtliche Prüfungsnummer 3536 3 09 • 11.5 % alcohol

16

Tasted on 16 March 2013 by our jury

Georg-Müller-Stiftung

Eberbacher Straße 7-9 • 65347 Eltville • Germany
Phone: +49 6723 2020 • Fax: +49 6723 2035
Internet: www.georg-mueller-stiftung.de • E‑mail: info@georg-mueller-stiftung.de

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WinereddryPinot Noir

2009 Hattenheim Hassel Spätburgunder Qualitätswein trocken

Erstes Gewächs

Germany

Rheingau • Geschützte Ursprungsbezeichnung (g. U.)

Amtliche Prüfungsnummer 31024 27 10 • 14.5 % alcohol

15

Tasted on 16 March 2013 by our jury

Steintal

Wilhelmstraße 107 • 63911 Klingenberg am Main • Germany
Phone: +49 9372 2438 • Fax: +49 9372 921059
Internet: www.weingut-steintal.de • E‑mail: info@weingut-steintal.de

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WinereddryPinot Noir

2011 “Schiefer-Rotwein” R trocken

Germany

12 % alcohol • bottled under the former name Stadt Klingenberg – Benedikt Baltes

17

Tasted on 16 March 2013 by our jury

WinereddryPinot Noir

2011 Klingenberg Spätburgunder R Qualitätswein trocken

Germany

Franken • Geschützte Ursprungsbezeichnung (g. U.)

Amtliche Prüfungsnummer 1000 37 12 • 13.5 % alcohol • bottled under the former name Stadt Klingenberg – Benedikt Baltes

17.5

Tasted on 17 July 2020 by Werner Elflein

Medium garnet with brick-red reflections and slightly brightened edge. In the nose with the typical red sandstone spice from Klingenberger Schlossberg and fine aromas of cranberry. Still very fresh on the tongue, not least thanks to a stable acid framework. Partly coarse-grained, partly velvety, quite distinctive, but mostly high-quality tannins, although they seem a bit uncouth. Excellent length and persistence.

18

Tasted on 9 April 2020 by Werner Elflein

16

Tasted on 15 December 2018 by Werner Elflein

15

Tasted on 16 March 2013 by our jury

WinereddryPinot Noir

2010 Klingenberg Schlossberg Spätburgunder Qualitätswein trocken

Großes Gewächs VDP

Germany

Franken • Geschützte Ursprungsbezeichnung (g. U.)

Amtliche Prüfungsnummer 1000 25 12 • 13.5 % alcohol • bottled under the former name Stadt Klingenberg – Benedikt Baltes

16

Tasted on 16 March 2013 by our jury

A. Waigand

Dr.-Vits-Straße 8 • 63906 Erlenbach am Main • Germany
Phone: +49 9372 4596 • Fax: +49 9372 940230
Internet: www.waigand-wein.de • E‑mail: kontakt@waigand-wein.de

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WinereddryPinot Noir

2009 Erlenbach Hochberg Spätburgunder Qualitätswein trocken

Germany

Franken • Geschützte Ursprungsbezeichnung (g. U.)

Amtliche Prüfungsnummer 1049 3 11 • 14 % alcohol

15

Tasted on 16 March 2013 by our jury