It’s no secret that I am a fan of the Pinot Noir varietal.  It’s versatility makes it a red I can enjoy in the summer and ring it right through to colder times. In the past, I’ve focused my attention on Red Burgundy’s from France, but today, we’re looking at a Pinot Noir from Germany.

Germany is known for it’s superb white wines, Riesling’s and Gewurztraminer, for example, but planting of dark skinned grapes, namely Pinot Noir, now celebrates stability and massive cultivation in Germany. And with that, let’s take a look at  Schloss Reinhartshausen’s Dry Pinot Noir, 2007.

On colour, this 2007, German Pinot Noir is a light garnet red, indicative of its now perfect drinking age. On the nose, a bouquet of dark fruits is present. You’ll nose, plum, black berries and dark cherry. On the palate, you’ll get the traditional light, and smooth mouth feel of a natural Pinot Noir, but Schloss Reinhartshausen’s Dry Pinot Noir comes with only a slight flavour character. It’s refined tannic nature, however, helps in producing a medium to long finish that is not invasive.

A pleasant drinking Pinot Noir, but you’re reminded as you sip that it’s not from Burgundy, but if you can get over that, you’ll appreciate that Schloss Reinhartshausen has applied their own signature style.

This wine retails at the LCBO for $15.95

We gave this wine a score of 3 out of 5