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Messmer Spatbugunder Trocken 2005

October 1, 2007

messmer.jpg$13US 100% Pinot Noir, Pfalz

An unusual German Pinot Noir, conveniently bottled @ 1L and 13%ABV. Translucent ruby color – almost like a deep rosé.The nose was oh-so-fresh – Jolly Ranchers (cherry and strawberry), Chalky minerality, and a touch of balsamic vinegar. In the mouth, there was a zesty acidity that was tongue-tingling. The sweet-and-sour Jolly Rancher ride continued into the palate, bringing some watermelon into the mix. A tiny bit of mushroomy earthiness lurked beneath. A Riesling-like Pinot. The grape’s signature smoothness added balance, despite the acidity and brightness. This is an awesome food wine that I could see pairing with just about anything from Mediterranean mezze to Szechuan cuisine to blue-cheeseburgers. Enjoy this with the slightest chill, and drink it quickly without decanting – this flower blooms briefly and fades fast.

A cool expression of Pinot Noir that shows it’s unique German heritage. Totally under the radar.

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