If you love pinot noir, but have already run the gamut from California, Oregon, and France, how about giving Germany a try? There, pinot it is known as Spätburgunder, and Germany produces a fair amount of it that goes largely undetected in the U.S. Most wine enthusiasts concentrate on their rightly famous rieslings.
Werner Näkel of Meyer-Näkel was named Producer of the Year in 2004 by the German wine guide, Gault Millau. And, Decanter magazine writes: “Weingut Meyer-Näkel is one of the finest purveyors of pinot noir in Germany” adding that the River Ahr’s narrow, south-facing valley has created a microclimate warmed by mists from the river. Decanter tastings director Christelle Guibert said, “It’s a fantastic achievement for Germany to win a pinot noir trophy. Imagine it—they have beaten Burgundy, New Zealand, Oregon—all the great acknowledged pinot regions of the world.”
Meyer-Näkel’s Qba Spätburgunder is a light clear cherry-red color. But, don’t let the light color fool you. This wine is packed with flavor. A touch of smoked game accents the blackberry and bing cherry fruit aromas in the nose. On the palate, there is lots of bing cherry, as well as faintly smoked earthy notes melded with bramble or forest floor. Very pure in focus, with a lovely savory finish makes you want another glass, macht schnell! This should match very well with pork roast or chops, as well as most fish dishes. Between you and me, I’d be happy to drink this all by itself. At Wine Exchange and Best Wines Online for under $30.