Decanter: "Pinot Noir from Germany tops global Pinot tasting"
The tasting involved more than 80 wines. Detailed results can be found in the the April issue of Decanter magazine.
Top wine of the tasting went to Jean Stodden’s Spätburgunder, Alte Reben 2010 from the Ahr Valley, one of the oldest wines in a tasting dominated by 2014, 2013 and 2012 vintages.
According to Decanter-Reporter Chris Mercer, tasters described it as having a "smoky undergrowth nose, evolved but quite seductive". It was "silky in the mouth, long, with a confidently acid-structure balanced by delicate summer fruit. It shows considerable density for Pinot without being too extracted; a true delight."
The 13.5% abv wine should be good to drink up to 2022, although 2010 was not considered one of the great vintages in Ahr Valley. Pinot Noir is the most planted variety in the region’s 560ha vineyard area and Germany is the third biggest producer of PinotNoir on a global scale (1st USA, 2nd France).
Jean Stodden is a reknowned Ahr Valley producer. He has 6.5 hectares of vines - almost exclusively Pinot Noir - producing around 45.000 bottles per year.
All wines were judged by a panel including Stephen Brook, a Decanter contributing editor and one of its two Burgundy 2014 en primeur wines, alongside Alex Hunt MW and Xavier Rousset MS.
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