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Weingut Friedrich Becker Pfalz Pinot Noir 2015

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750ML / 13% ABV
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750ML / 13% ABV

Winemaker Notes

This is an incredibly drinkable, lovely Pinot with sweet fruit and exceptional minerality. Year after year, Becker's basic Pinot is a a light to medium bodied wine with rich, delicious flavor.

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Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
COMMENTARY: The 2015 Friedrich Becker Family Pinot Noir brings attention to the Pfalz region of Germany. TASTING NOTES: This wine is expressive with aromas and flavors of rustic spices, dried herbs, forest floor, and earth. Pair it with grilled lamb chops. (Tasted: October 18, 2021, San Francisco, CA)
WS 90
Wine Spectator
A dark version, with fresh acidity in the background giving this vivaciousness and focus. Pure notes of dark cherry, spice and rose hip make this inviting, along with a lingering minerally accent on the finish.
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Weingut Friedrich Becker, Germany

For many years now, the Becker estate located in Schweigen, very far south of the Pfalz on the border of Alsace, has been one of the top Pinot Noir producers in Germany. The best Becker Pinot Noirs compare favorably with the best Burgundy has to offer.

In 1973 when Fritz Sr. took over the estate from his father, he stopped selling grapes to the local co-op and started bottling and selling his own wines. He was also one of the first that independently, but in parallel with Dr. Heger, Fürst and Meyer-Näkel, started using barriques for his Pinots. In the beginning he was very frustrated trying to successfully in his words “transferring the gift of nature into fine wine”, as his colleagues in France had been doing for many years!

In 2005 Fritz Jr. took over the winemaking at the estate and his father continued to oversee the outside vineyard work. In 2007, the Beckers started to work with lower must weights more in the range from 92-98 Öchsle rather than previously with 100 Öchsle or more. They learned that physiologically ripe fruit needs acid more than additional sugar.

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This sunny and relatively dry region served for many years as a German tourist mecca and was associated with low cost, cheerful wines. But since the 1980s, it has gained a reputation as one of Germany’s more innovative regions, which has led to increased international demand.

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Thin-skinned, finicky and temperamental, Pinot Noir is also one of the most rewarding grapes to grow and remains a labor of love for some of the greatest vignerons in Burgundy. Fairly adaptable but highly reflective of the environment in which it is grown, Pinot Noir prefers a cool climate and requires low yields to achieve high quality. Outside of France, outstanding examples come from in Oregon, California and throughout specific locations in wine-producing world. Somm Secret—André Tchelistcheff, California’s most influential post-Prohibition winemaker decidedly stayed away from the grape, claiming “God made Cabernet. The Devil made Pinot Noir.”

RAE440051_2015 Item# 739095

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