This is a very good pinot noir from Bernard Huber in Baden, Germany. Stylistically, it is much closer to Burgundy than new world pinot noir. Its aroma has herbal and cherry notes, and is both savoury and restrained. The palate has resolutely firm acidity and good length. Ready to drink now, this moreish pinot noir/spätburgunder may improve with with short cellaring. Rating: Good to Very Good. Abv: 13%. Price: $65. Website: na.
Part of studying for the MW means tasting random wines from time to time, and then realising that entire industries are built around what ostensibly appeared an excursion along a less well trodden path. Even this German pinot noir from Baden – and normal people have tuned out long before the subregion of Baden is mentioned – proved to be a wine I’d tasted an earlier vintage of (here is my rather glowing review). Oh well. The 2013 vintage tasted here is very good though and is worthy of your attention. It has aromatics that remind of roses, potpourri and sour cherry. The palate has distinctive acidity, but holds its balance with lovely flavour and some tannic grip. A great buy. (Alc: 13%, Region: Baden, Germany, Rating: Good to Very Good, Drink: now to 2020)