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2007 Dr. Zenzen Elite Pinot Noir

21 Jun

So, my apologies for any of you who’ve been waiting with baited breath for the review of last week’s final German Spatburgunder (Pinot Noir).  I actually tasted this wine last Thursday while watching the Lakers/Celtics game with JSo and LoSo, but I had to head out early on Friday morning for beautiful Lexington, Kentucky, where J and I attended the wedding of one of J’s good friends from business school.  It was gorgeous – a nice church wedding followed by a fantastic reception at an amazing old country estate complete with fireflies at dusk.  I thought I’d have time to post about the 2007 Dr. Zenzen Elite Pinot Noir, but it turned out that wedding-related festivities kept us busy all weekend.

The 2007 Dr. Zenzen Elite Pinot Noir actually comes from the Rheingessen region, the same region as the 2007 P.J. Valckenberg Pinot Noir “Undone”.  It tastes, however, more like the 2007 Friedrich Becker Estate Pinot Noir from the famed Pfalz region.  Bright ruby with a nice aroma of juicy black plum, raspberries, and spice, this wine has a nice, smooth palate that lingers on and on.  Though it lacks that earthy smell that I so liked about the Friedrich Becker, this is definitely a solid wine (indeed, it won a silver medal at the BTI 2009 World Value Wine Challenge), and at just $13.79/bottle from Wine Chateau, it’s certainly worth a shot.

4 corks popped!



Week 42: German Spatburgunder (Pinot Noir)

15 Jun

It’s Germany’s last week of the CorkPopper Project (I’ve had to cancel next week due to my travel schedule), and to finish things out I’m moving away from the country’s famous (Riesling) and infamous (Silvaner) whites toward a red for which the country is increasingly known in the wine world – Spatburgunder (Pinot Noir).  I am, of course, a HUGE Pinot Noir fan, so I’m always up for trying it wherever it’s made, and Germany’s cool climate is an excellent home for the fussy grape.

All three of this week’s wines come from the 2007 vintage, which was a wonderful vintage for California Pinot Noir.  Let’s see how their German cousins fared….

First, we've got a 2007 P.J. Valckenberg Pinot Noir Undone, which you can find at Wine Chateau for just $11.39/bottle.

Second, comes a 2007 Friedrich Becker Estate Pinot Noir, which is available at K&L Wine Merchants for $16.99/bottle.

Finally, we have a 2007 Dr. Zenzen Elite Pinot Noir, which won a Silver Medal at the BTI 2009 World Value Wine Challenge. It's available at Wine Chateau for $13.79/bottle.


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