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Fürst Hunsrück, Pinot Noir 2008 750ml

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One of those folksy Pinot Noirs harking back to all the terroir that Central Europe is famous for:

“2008 Rudolf Fürst Spätburgunder Trocken "Tradition" - Germany, Franken (10/5/2010)
2008 Rudolf Fürst Spätburgunder Trocken "Tradition". 

This ***** estate bottles three Grosses Gewachs Spätburgunders, one each from the Centgrafenberg (soft c), from the Schlossberg, and the Hunsrück. There is a Klingenberg village bottling. In addition, a 'Tradition' bottling, of regional style, is made.

Two-thirds aged in neutral 'Doppelstück' and one-third barriqe. Euros 12 (US $15.60) ex cellars. Probably not imported into the United States but would be around $40 in most markets if it were. Rich cherry color but still transparent to the center. Underneath the tart-cherry nose there is a fascinating fruity spiciness of clove, ginger, and mint, reminiscent of a good Vosne. Light to medium in body, with big, ripe tannins and crisp, balanced, juicy acidity. The style is polished and deft, with a nice ripeness and a savory finish. Many tasters would probably have scored this wine higher, but in the view of the international market for these wines, the quality is that of a good villages wine from a ripe but classic vintage. A fine effort for what is the introductory pinot noir from this estate..”