After my introduction to German Pinot Noir [Spätburgunder] I‘ve become obsessed with tracking more down. Unfortunately, even specialty wine shops in NYC don’t generally carry them in their inventory. To be fair, most people love German Rieslings but are skeptical or just totally unfamiliar with the fantastic reds that are produced there. Although perhaps the most significant blockade to importing German reds to America is that the German demand for their own Pinot Noir is so high that producers can sell out their entire inventory at the prices they want right at home. So when one of our best friends decided he wanted to go to a German Biergarten to celebrate his birthday with a humongous boot of beer, I enthusiastically kept my fingers crossed that they would have a German Pinot Noir behind the bar. It did not escape my attention that the Australian bartender thought my level of exuberance odd when I spotted Leonard Kreusch Pinot Noir 2009 on the menu. I wasn’t able to scout out many details, other than the grapes were sourced from the family estate on the Mosel River and that Leonard Kreusch is both the bottler and the importer.
Bottled and Shipped by Leonard Kreusch GMBH & Co
$9 [by the glass]
Enjoy now thru 2014