By: Morgan Laurie
K&L Staff Member
Considered part of the Pinot Noir elite, Friedrich Becker makes some of the finest red wines in Germany. In 1973 the estate stopped selling grapes to local cooperatives and began making and bottling their own wines. About two thirds of Becker's vineyards lie in Alsace about one kilometer from the Pfalz, the German region in which Becker produces out of. In 1945 the vineyards straddled two sovereign nations and because of a 1955 accord, Becker was allowed to continue labeling the wines as "German" in exchange for French water rights to Schweigen springs and some lumber rights to a local forest. With six generations of vineyard ownership, the Becker estate knows how to grow great grapes, and in turn make great wine. The $16.99 entry level "Estate" offering is spicy and fresh on the palate with notes of candies strawberry, rose petals, baking spice, fresh soil and bright red cherry. A wine that punches way above its weight class, and a must for those who enjoy bright, lively Pinot Noirs.