Occasionally, I find a wine that is so surprisingly good that I am blown away. The 2008 August Kesseler Spätburgunder Pinot N is one such wine.
The color is garnet that is starting to turn a bit brownish. The nose and palate have ripe strawberry and blackberry, spice, brambly, and just enough mushroom and black tea to remind you that you are enjoying a Pinot Noir. Light oak adds some warm vanilla to the palate.
Perfectly balanced, with medium acidity, medium-minus tannins that are delicate and grippy, and a relatively significant 13% alcohol, this Pinot Noir has a solid, but not overbearing, structure for the fruit. By New World standards, this would be considered a light-weight wine, but it is wonderfully full and ripe compared to other German reds. Delicious with or without food. Long spicy finish.
If you like Pinot Noir, this wine is worth seeking out. Very good/excellent.
At Nine Acre Wines for $19.99.