2013 Friedrich Becker Estate Pinot Noir Pfalz SKU #1310137


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Tasting Notes

Coming from one of the top producers of Spatburgunder (Pinot Noir) this "entry level" Pinot is a spicy treat. With the chalky soils in the area, Becker produces some of Germany's finest Pinot Noir. Full of spicy strawberry and bright cherry fruit, just a hint of tobacco and a dusty earthiness and layers of subtle textures tell you that you paid way too little for this offering. Delicious on its own, but also complements heavier seafood, poultry and fine cuts of beef or game.

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  • Morgan Laurie
    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.


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