Karl H. Johner - Pinot Noir 2016

Updated: Dec 2, 2019

Karl H. Johner

Pinot Noir 2016

Baden, Germany

When I was 13/14 years old in full hormonal explosion, I waited the summer to see the German blonde tourists come in Puglia and showing off their feminine graces. Now, that probably I am getting closer to an anticipated andropause, I keep looking for the perfect Spätburgunder. So I gave a chance to this German Pinot Noir, even though its screw cap kills all the charm. This nectar comes from the heart of Baden region, the warmest and southerly wine area, characterized by its own the fullest-bodied German ambrosia with the highest alcohol. Prosit!


Appearance

In the glass the wine has a ruby colour towards the garnet. The intensity is medium to pale.. It is clear with no traces of deposits.


Nose

The aromas intensity is medium. You need to swirl a bit before opening the entire bouquet of aromas. This nectar is a blaze of fresh and ripe red fruits, especially raspberry, with a hint of strawberry. Really elegant smoke and charred wood as secondary aroma, while as tertiary there is a hint of leather, forest floor and a bit of gamey. Elegant notes of white pepper harmonize everything.


Palate

In the mouth, the wine is dry with a high level of acidity and medium tannins. Actually the tannins are so silky. The alcohol is high (i.e. 14%). Both flavour intensity and finish are medium plus. On the palate, the red fruits are more succulent and the smoky aroma becomes more evident..


Conclusion

The wine is well made: balanced, with a good flavour intensity and lasting. It lacks a bit of complexity, but its freshness is the actual strength. I enjoyed this nectar with a typical Apulian dish: orecchiette, chickpeas and mussels…. This is the European cooperation that we like the most! Prosit!

This wine hasn’t made me dreamt, but it is a good and honest wine that I generally buy when it is on sale.


Final vote: 88


Price: £20.99 on waitrose.com

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