Wine Review: 2008 P.J. Valckenberg Undone Pinot Noir (Rheinhessen, Germany)

Unoaked. Unadulterated. Crisp, dry “naked” flavor.

Like the description on the back label of Undone Pinot Noir from Valckenberg, this is a straightforward wine. While Germany is better known for producing white wines, increasing numbers of vineyards are being planted to red grapes – perhaps a result of global climate change bringing conditions that allow red grapes to ripen better in the northerly wine growing regions. Pinot Noir has particular importance with about 11.5% of all vineyards planted with this grape according to the Deutsches Weininstitut.

Pale garnet. The nose is fresh and filled with bright red berry, sour cherry, and herbal aromas, including some eucalyptus. The Undone is bone dry and mouthwatering with medium plus acidity, low tannins, and a medium long finish. A touch of spice in the finish. Not terribly complex – and it’s not intended to be – but easy going and certainly enjoyable.

At New Hampshire Liquor Stores for $10.99.

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Katrin is one of the co-founders of Wine Dine With Us. She enjoys sharing her love of wine on the blog, and is particularly fond of wines from Argentine, Alto Adige, and Germany. A lifelong environmentalist, Katrin has become increasingly interested in issues of sustainability in wine and food, local food production, biodynamics, and organic agriculture. When not drinking wine and writing about it, she is a nonprofit professional, specializing in fundraising and special events.

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