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Wine of the week: Pinot Noir –­ Edition A

We at team db want to celebrate the very best bottles from our Global Wine Masters. Every Wednesday, we’ll select a wine that picked up either a Gold or Master from our competition series, and tell you why the judges loved it.

This week, we’re looking at Pinot Noir. Specifically, this German expression from Winzergenossenschaft Achkarren, not too far from the Rhine…

“For those looking beyond Burgundy to sate their Pinot fix, then Germany is a great place to end up,” said db editor and chair of The Global Wine Masters, Patrick Schmitt MW.

“Often overlooked as Pinot fans leap to California, Otago or Oregon, warmer parts of Germany such as the Pfalz or Baden, as well as the sun-soaked slopes of the more northerly Ahr, can yield delicious cherry-scented reds from this pernickety grape.”

“Mixed in among the samples in this year’s Global Pinot Noir Masters was this first-rate wine from a growers-cooperative in Baden. Gaining a Gold-medal score from all the judges, it was bursting with kirsch-like concentrated dark cherry aromas along with some attractive vanilla notes from ageing in barriques. A ripe and juicy, generous style of Pinot, but with a refreshing finish, it was awarded high marks for being big and taught, like a four-wheel drive BMW.”

To find out all the results from our Pinot Noir Masters, follow this link.

The Global Masters is a series of blind tasting competitions, drawing in entries from across the world. To find out more, click here.

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