To make good on two of my wine resolutions for 2012 – to drink lighter wines and more German wines, particularly reds – I made my first wine of the new year a Franz Keller Pinot Noir. The wine comes from the Baden region in southwest Germany. Despite being the warmest winegrowing region in the country, making it possible to ripen red wine grapes, the Franz Keller Pinot Noir is light and delicate, but flavorful.
Pale garnet in the glass. The nose is fruit-forward, particularly raspberry and cherry, with some baking spice. The palate has more of the fruit, minerality, and a bit spicy. Medium-plus to high acidity, low tannins, and light body. The Franz Keller Pinot Noir is not an ideal quaffing wine, but great with food. On its own, we found its acidity somewhat bracing, but it was a perfect foil to roasted ham with trimmings, effectively cutting through the richness of the meat.
At Julio’s Liquors for $20.99.