About This Wine
You read correctly: a Pinot Noir from Germany.
When it comes to German wines, most people think of Riesling and nothing else. But 7 percent of the country’s vineyard land is devoted to Spatburgunder, which is the German name for Pinot Noir.
Klostor makes one of the finest renditions of German Pinot that we’ve encountered. While French Burgundy and California bottlings can combine a robust quality with Pinot’s inherent silkiness, the German style is more about fruitfulness. Klostor’s 2005 Pinot Noir is both fruitful and light-bodied, which makes it a wonderful companion to food.
In order to assure the fruit-forward style preferred by German wine drinkers, Klostor ages only a quarter of the cuvee in French oak barriques. The rest goes into “neutral” stainless steel tanks. Once bottled, the wine is sealed with a twist-off cap, a procedure that virtually guarantees freshness. Serve this wine slightly chilled, and you’re in for a red wine treat from an unexpected source.
About Pinot Noir
Very sensitive to climate and handling in winery, this fickle grape of Burgundy yields low tannin and acidity, medium colors and lifespan. Classic berry, cherry and currant flavors, silky textures typically balanced with spicy or floral tones.
- Grape Composition:100% Pinot Noir
- Grape Source:Pfalz Region of Germany
- Aromas & Flavors:Red Cherry, Assorted Berries & Mild Spice
- Aging Vessels:75% Stainless Steel Tanks & 25% French Oak Barriques
- When to Drink:Now Through 2010
- Food Pairing Suggestionroast chicken, salmon, or mild cheeses.
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