100% Pinot Noir from Rheinhessen, Germany. Fermented and aged in stainless steel.
Available for around $10. 1,500 cases produced. Imported by Valckenberg International. Sample submitted for review.
From the winery:
"This Undone Pinot Noir is very smooth, with berry and plum notes on the palate. It was fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks, so it has no oak influence - the pure flavors of Pinot Noir show through. A perfect match with salmon, red meat and pasta.
In writing today's review I realized, much to my chagrin, that this is the first red wine I've ever recommended from Germany! Believe me that was not intentional but I am nevertheless glad to rectify the situation with today's budget priced Pinot Noir. Even better, today's wine gets a spot in our Pinot Noir for the 99 category, the place where we call out easy drinking, crowd-pleasing, unpretentious Pinot Noir priced for those of us who don't manage a hedge fund.
The 2013 Valckenberg Undone Pinot Noir shows a beautiful light red color in the glass, and I love that they don't try to cover that up by blending in a bit of a darker red or using additives. The wine smells quite pleasant with strawberry, red cherry and floral notes predominating. Tasting reveals tons of delicious fruit that is a bit on the sweet side (the wine has a residual sugar of 6.4g/L), but good acidity balances things out nicely. Pinot Noir can be so good all by itself that you don't need oak to make it shine and this wine proves that point with lots of red cherry and berry flavors plus a touch of spice. The fruit turns a bit tart on the finish and persists in the mouth for a long time. This tastes a bit like a good New Zealand Pinot Noir which is a very good thing.
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