I’m not as surprised as I used to be when I encounter a new (to me) Pinot Noir from an area not known for this varietal. I once scoffed at many from California, Oregon and New Zealand, but no more.
So when I was recently poured a glass of 2004 Pinot that was dark colored, rich and layered, with spicy floral wild berry, fresh earth and savory herb flavors, it showed enough of a mix of flavors to make me think Carneros or Santa Cruz Mountains.
Once I saw the label I was mildly shocked to read that the wine, called Maximus, came from Germany’s Pfalz region, designated Maikammer Heiligenberg and the work of Joachim Hollerith.
I can’t say much more about the vintner, or specifics about the wine, including price or volume, except to marvel at the level of ripeness and depth of flavors achieved in this appellation, which is known more for Rieslings than Pinot Noir.
Could the Pfalz possibly be the next Pinot hotbed? This wine would convince you of the possibility.
Sandy Fitzgerald — Centennial, CO — April 29, 2008 7:08pm ET
John Wilen — Texas — April 29, 2008 8:15pm ET
Steinbrunner Oliver — Germany — April 30, 2008 10:05am ET
Kirk R Grant — Ellsworth, ME — April 30, 2008 11:33am ET
Bruce Sanderson — New York — April 30, 2008 12:12pm ET
Dave Pramuk — April 30, 2008 3:13pm ET
Joachim Hollerith — VA — May 1, 2008 4:55pm ET
James Laube — Napa, CA — May 1, 2008 4:58pm ET
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