When you think of delicious, gulpable Pinot Noir, you probably don't think of Germany. But maybe you should?
After all, Germany started growing Pinot Noir about the same time as Burgundy, and at the same hands: Cistercian monks, who had the patience to spend decades or centuries sussing out the best vineyard plots and matching them with the perfect grape varieties.
Weingut Peter Querbach is located in the Rheingau, where they call Pinot Noir 'Spatburgunder'. 'Spat' = late, and that's what Pinot needs in this northern climate. Consequently, it's planted in the sunspots of the Rheingau, like Ostereich-Winkel, where Querbach is located.
Peter Querbach farms sustainably, harvests by hand, and ferments without commercial yeasts. The wine 'settles' in stainless steel vats, aging on its lees for added richness. The result is a lithe, sinuous flirt of a wine, with notes of strawberry and cherry topped with a hint of forest floor. Grace notes of cinnamon and herbs weave their way in and out, leading to a silky-smooth finish. It's a lovely wine, and an even better bargain, especially with 10+ years of bottle age. German 'Burgundy'-who knew?
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