A Wine Lover’s Weekly Review Of $10 Wines – Another Pinot Noir From Baden, Germany

Our most recent $10 wine was a white Gewurztraminer from the same German wine region and in fact, from the same producer. The Badischerwinzerkeller cooperative claims to be Europe’s largest wine producer. While you may be tempted to think of German wine to be white only, don’t. Take a look at the review quoted below. The times they are a changing. Our companion wine is another Pinot Noir from another perhaps surprising country, Italy. One costing only a few dollars more.

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Wine Reviewed Baden Spaetburgunder Pinot Noir No Vintage 13 % alcohol about $10.

In the absence of marketing materials and an uninformative back label we start by quoting an unnamed Internet reviewer at the H. H. D. Imports website “Germany is the world’s third largest producer of Pinot Noir after France and the USA. This dry, international style Pinot Noir shows typical Burgundian Pinot Noir characteristics at a very competitive price point.” And now for my review.

At the first sips this wine was long and sweet but not unpleasantly so, ending with the taste of earth. In the presence of homemade vegetable soup, the liquid’s acidity perked up. I tasted dark cherries. When I added a generous dose of Yemeni jalepeno pepper sauce the condiment’s power was transferred to the wine. The main dish was homemade Sheppard’s pie. In response the fermented grape juice was dark, tasting of dark cherries. I prefer less sugar in my reds. The side dish was unskinned roasted eggplant that brimmed with garlic giving my glass what it had before with the addition of smoke. Fruit juice candy for dessert rendered the liquid virtually non-existent except for some cherries in the background.

The second meal began with virtually tasteless Japanese rice crackers, but our German friend was dark and earthy. A barbecued chicken leg with a paprika dusted skin rendered the libation long and tangy. Alas some salt seeped through. The companion chicken breast lessened all aspects of my drink, except that the salt increased. Ycch. For veggies we had green beans and onions in a tomato sauce. In response the Pinot Noir was long with a wisp of fruit but no tannins. Fresh raspberries for dessert rendered this wine dark, but flat.

The final meal centered on beef and chicken meatballs spiced with cumin, coriander, black pepper, and allspice. The liquid tasted almost like soda pop with a tinge of black cherries. Boiled beets rendered our liquid to near tastelessness. It managed to rebound a bit when paired with zesty guacamole.

Final verdict. Nein. None, not nine. Not even one more. But this bottle won’t stop me from tasting the occasional German Pinot Noir.

Levi Reiss authored or co-authored ten computer and Internet books, but prefers drinking fine wine. He teaches computers at an Ontario French-language community college. His global wine website www.theworldwidewine.com features a weekly review of $10 wines and a whole lot more. Visit his Italian travel website www.travelitalytravel.com.

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